Blue Monday is an annual celebration observed onJanuary 21 of this year. Most often we tend to feel depressed. The reason may vary depending on the person and the situation. For instance, with the completion of Festivus and New Year, anyone would get depressed on seeing the bank account, the amount spent, electricity bills, excess foods items, gifts, and every such thing. Blue Monday is the name given to a day in the month of January every year. The celebration Day is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. However, this Day has nothing to deal with the depression and has been calculated using a series of mathematical factors.
“Don’t let the Monday morning quarterbacks stop you from being bold. You’ve got to set a high bar.” – Antonio Villaraigosa
History of Blue Monday
The Blue Monday has been celebrated since the year 2005. The Day has been established by the holiday company Sky Travel. The company has claimed to have calculated this date using an equation. The date is reported to be falling on the third Monday in January. Sometimes the Day also falls on the second or fourth Monday, or the Monday of the last full week of the January. The first such date declared by Sky Travel was on 24 January in 2005 as part of a press release published under the name of Cliff Arnall. He has mentioned that this date was devised as to help a travel company in a way to analyze when people are book holidays and holiday trends. Variousfactors are considered to calculate the date like weather conditions, debt level, time since Christmas, time since failing new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action.
Arnall used one equation in 2006 that represent as shown.
where C = time spent on cultural activities, R = time spent relaxing, ZZ = time spent sleeping, Tt = travel time, D = delays, St = time spent in a state of stress, P = time spent packing, Pr = time spent in preparation. However, the units of the measurement are not defined.
Both the press release done on 2005 and 2009 has used a different formula as shown.
where W = weather, D = debt, d = salary per month, T = time since the Christmas, Q = time since failing of new year’s resolutions, M = low motivational level, and Na = the feeling of a need to take action. Even in this release, there were no units defined.
The idea is regarded as the pseudoscience, with its formula derided by the scientists as nonsensical. A neuroscientist named Dean Burnett, who has worked in the psychology department of the Cardiff University, has described this work as “farcical with nonsensical measurements.”
Celebrating the Blue Monday is quite a simple task. Although this celebration has been mentioned to be the most depressing day of the year, it is up to the person who takes up this Day. For those who take it as a depressed day can try to come out of it by indulging in doing something enjoyable. Those who take this Day as a good day can indulge in taking a trip, enjoying cinema, eating at restaurants, smiling and being nice with people. All of us are encouraged to take up few little things in life with this event. Share your pictures and thoughts about this Day using the hashtag #BlueMonday on the social media.