, author: Plackhin A.

The saddest day of the year: a label for the third Monday in January

Blue Monday - this term was popularized by British psychologist Cliff Arnall in 2005. Why is this day considered the most depressing?

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Like every year, the third week of January brings with it a label that many fear - the saddest day of the year, also known as Blue Monday. However, what is behind this claim and why has this day gained such a sad reputation?

The origin of "Blue Monday."

The term "Blue Monday" was popularized by British psychologist Cliff Arnall in 2005. He formulated an equation that takes into account variables such as weather, holiday debt, time since the holidays, and lack of motivation, and concluded that the third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year.

One of the key variables in Arnall's equation is winter weather. It is argued that lack of sunlight and low temperatures can negatively affect our mood. In fact, lack of sunlight can lead to a decrease in the production of serotonin, a brain chemical associated with happiness. However, many experts note that the relationship between weather and mood is complex and depends on the individual.

Another variable factored into the Blue Monday equation is the financial burden many people face after the Christmas holidays. As such, debts accumulated over the holidays can cause stress and anxiety. However, it is important to remember that the relationship between emotional well-being and finances is again subjective and can largely depend on personal management and individual perception.


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In addition, the nostalgia associated with the passage of time after the holidays may contribute to the perceived emotional decline on Blue Monday. As we move away from the holiday euphoria, some may experience feelings of loss and melancholy.

Lack of motivation, especially after the holiday festivities, is a feeling many can share. Transitioning from the holiday rush to a daily routine can be challenging for many, but the perception of this decrease in motivation can depend a lot on personal attitude.

"Blue Monday": hoax or reality?

Despite the popularity of the term, many mental health professionals emphasize that depression and sadness are not limited to one day a year. Although Blue Monday has been recognized as the saddest day of the year, its scientific basis is questionable. Emotions and emotional well-being are complex and multifaceted phenomena that cannot be reduced to a mathematical formula. Rather than marking a particular day as the saddest, it is helpful to continually address mental health by recognizing the importance of empathy, support, and understanding throughout the year.