Is Blue Monday The Most Depressing Day Of The Year Or Just Hype?

Written by NRPC Editorial

December 29, 2023

You may have heard of Blue Monday, the so-called “most depressing day of the year”.  It typically falls on the third Monday of January.  But before you get too down, let’s delve into the reality behind this label:

Debunking the myth.

Blue Monday was actually a PR stunt by a travel company in 2005, claiming it was calculated using a pseudo-scientific equation. No actual research or evidence backs up this claim.
The factors it considers, like weather and post-holiday blues, can affect individuals differently and at various times.
Labelling one specific day as the “most depressing” can be harmful, and trivialise real mental health struggles.

That doesn’t mean everyone feels their best on this particular Monday.

The January blues are a real thing for some, and winter can be a challenging time for various reasons for example, the festive cheer fades leaving some feeling empty or disappointed.Holiday expenses and back-to-school costs can lead to financial stress.  Unfulfilled resolutions can bring on feelings of guilt or failure and shorter daylight hours and cold weather can affect mood and energy levels.

So, what can you do?

Prioritise activities that make you feel good, whether it’s taking some exercise, even a. short brisk walk would do, spend some time in nature, or connect with loved ones.

Instead of grand resolutions break down your goals into more realistic bite sized chunks, focus on small achievable steps towards your goals.  If you’re struggling with low mood or anxiety, don’t hesitate to reach out to a mental health professional or a support group.

Remember, Blue Monday is just a label so don’t focus on negative and purely manufactured hype. Every day is an opportunity to take care of yourself and create a positive experience. Don’t let one date in January define your mood or hold you back from having a great New year.

If you’d like to find a therapist to help with low mood or feeling blue, then here are lots to choose from at or

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Georgina McKinnon – Director APHP & NRPC 



Published : Dec 29, 2023