Blue Monday Blues

16th January 2017

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It’s come around again, Blue Monday. The day where everyone’s New Year’s resolutions shatter into smithereens. The day when the weather is never nice. The day that would make you feel so down in the dumps it makes you start to question the “new year new me” statement you declared only three weeks earlier. But what is it about Blue Monday that gets everyone so down. Why has it been named the most depressing day of the year?

Here are a few facts about Blue Monday:

  • Blue Monday is a name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) reported to be the most depressing day of the year for countries in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • This date was published in a press release under the name of Cliff Arnall, at the time a tutor at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, a Further Education center attached to Cardiff University.
  • Arnall has said the date was devised to help a travel company to “analyze when people book holidays and holiday trends” and used many factors, including: weather conditions, debt level (the difference between debt accumulated and our ability to pay), time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action.

So, although it is the most depressing day of the year, just remember that there is also a happiest day of the year.Arnall also says, in a press release commissioned by Wall’s ice cream, that he has calculated the happiest day of the year—in 2005, 24 June, in 2006, 23 June, in 2007, 20 June in 2009, 19 June,and in 2010, 18 June. So far, this date has fallen close to Midsummer in the Northern Hemisphere (June 21 to 24). Remember guys, you’ve always got July to look forward to.

We at Energenie think that no one should suffer from Blue Monday blues. So, do something today. Make your home smart, control your TV with your phone. Put the kettle on from the other room and make everything easier. So, you can enjoy your Blue Monday a little bit more this year. Explore our website for our range of smart home products to lighten up your Monday blues.

Although the nature of this article is lighthearted, we should also spare a thought for all those who do actually suffer with depression and mental health illnesses. We understand that it can be hard for some people every single day and in the light of Blue Monday, we stay united in order to help everyone with mental health issues and hope that our products can help these people in need.

Stay safe guys, thanks for reading.

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