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US News How to face Blue Monday - the most depressing day of the year

07:40  20 january  2020
07:40  20 january  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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The term Blue Monday was first coined in 2005 as part of advertising campaign for Sky Travel. It was suggested that the third Monday of January is the most depressing due to a number of factors, including debt built up over Christmas, bad weather and how many days it had been since the

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a close up of a sign: Blue Monday is said to be the most depressing day of the year. File pic © Getty Blue Monday is said to be the most depressing day of the year. File pic

Today may be Blue Monday, but initiatives launched across the country are in place to help Britons through this post-Christmas slump. It is said to be the most depressing day of the year due to an amalgam of cold weather, post-festive blues, and with a while to go until pay day.

But a number of activities and events have been planned across the country to raise awareness and provide support for mental health among local communities.

In East Yorkshire, 50 ambassadors from the Chatty Bus initiative will be travelling on bus routes all over the county handing out "happy to chat" badges to raise awareness of issues that arise from loneliness.

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But why is this day so much more depressing than all the others? “' Blue Monday ' – a calculation based on factors such as weather conditions, debt levels, time since Christmas and time since failing our new year ’s resolutions – was created in 2005 to sell summer holidays,” she said in a blog post.

I don’t know if you’ve heard this before, but people have actually calculated the most depressing day of the year . Unsurprisingly, it’s a Monday . The concept of ‘ Blue Monday ’ dates back to 2005 when Cliff Arnall, a life coach and happiness consultant

Meanwhile, the Samaritans have coined their initiative Brew Monday and are encouraging people "to connect over a warming cuppa".

  How to face Blue Monday - the most depressing day of the year © jayfish

Sea Life London Aquarium has also pitched in by inviting people to work for the day in a designated zone by its ocean tank.

The aquarium's head of operations, Neil Harris, said he hoped by inviting Londoners to ditch their duvets for an underwater work setting that it would work to make them "instantly feel better".

He added: "Research proves amazing underwater displays can have a positive effect on people's wellbeing so what better way to de-stress than getting nose to fin with awe-inspiring creatures who peacefully glide by such as green sea turtles, rays and sharks."

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It’s Blue Monday again. The most depressing day of the year . It’s difficult to keep track of how many times it’s been debunked and ridiculed, often in this very blog. But it keeps coming back year after year , sometimes via well-meant campaigns that sadly only serve to give it far more credibility

Why Is Blue Monday the Most Depressing Day of the Year ? “ Over the festive season, we’re encouraged strongly to get together with family and feel happy – irrespective of how we feel about them the rest of the year – mostly because we’re bombarded with adverts showing loving, blissful families

Blue Monday is a term first established in a press campaign by Sky Travel and is believed by some to be nothing more than a marketing gimmick.

But according to Lisa Fernihough, the head of financial services consultancy KPMG UK, there could be some truth to the concept.

"Over half of UK consumers are forced to rely on extra cash to keep afloat for the month - that is bound to put considerable strain on people day to day," Ms Fernihough said.

  How to face Blue Monday - the most depressing day of the year © RapidEye She added: "On Blue Monday, many will no doubt feel a very long way from both their last, pre-Christmas, payday and the next - which can really heighten the challenge.

"There's no silver bullet for improving people's finances - but clearly either income, lifestyle or financial literacy is far from where it needs to be."

A further study carried out by KPMG of 2,000 adults also found the biggest expenditure for 14% of the UK in January would be from trying to pay off debts and loans.

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