Today is Blue Monday for depressed Brits
Today is Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year, say researchers.
The third Monday of January is when the Christmas glow has faded, New Year resolutions have been broken, cold weather has set in and credit card bills land on the doormat – with payday still a fortnight away for many.
The University of Exeter and office environment consultancy Ambius estimate the associated ‘workplace malaise’ could be costing businesses as much as £93 billion in lost productivity.
Blue Monday was identified according to a formula devised by happiness and motivation expert, Cliff Arnall, formerly a researcher, lecturer, and postgraduate tutor at the Medical and Dental School of Cardiff University.
However all is not lost as Lumie, a company specialising in the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder with light therapy has come up with some suggestions to help beat the blues.
Go for a walk once a day to get as much natural daylight as possible; while at work try to sit next to a window as this will help expose your body to the daily light levels it needs each day; book a winter holiday to somewhere really bright; and get exercising.
According to a survey conducted by the firm the general doom and gloom people experience at this time of year can also affect businesses – results showed respondents twice as many people were likely to pull a sicky in winter compared to summer and 7 per cent of respondents felt less productive in winter.
Jonathan Cridland, CEO of Lumie, said: “January can often feel like a struggle. Not only are we returning back to work after holiday, but we are also coping with the after-effects of Christmas.
“Tie this together with the dark winter days and lack of available light we receive and it’s no surprise that we are feeling low.”
And food can apparently help too with research showing that shepherd’s pie is the dish Brits most rely on to get them through the long, dark evenings, with 60% of people naming the dish as their top winter warmer.
In second place was the Italian classic lasagne, but was named the top comforter by 18-35 year olds.