Blue Monday: How to Make it Bright with VHR
It’s the nation’s most depressing day, but don’t let Blue Monday get you down; find a new job with VHR today.
From a PR invention to now an annual event, Blue Monday is according to pseudo-science ‘the most depressing day of the year’ – but why?
Some theories behind why the nation’s most depressing day exists are creative, yet plausible. Nevertheless, numerous charities are arguing that designating a day to depression is detrimental to the seriousness of mental health problems, as well as encouraging of depressive behaviour.
Turn your Blue Monday in to a constructive, inspiring day; learn how to kick-start your career and the importance of mental health in the work-place.
What is Blue Monday?
Blue Monday is a name given to (usually the third Monday) in January; it is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year.
The concept was first revealed as part of a 2005 press release from a holiday company Sky Travel, which claimed to have calculated the date using a pseudo-science equation.
Now that the Christmas and new year festivities seem like a distant memory and the winter months are particularly difficult, Blue Monday tries to place a label on the difficulties faced during this day.
Why is today labelled Blue Monday?
Calculated using a series of non-scientific factors, Blue Monday is created by loosely logical mathematical formula.
Factors that are considered are: amount of time since Christmas, time since failing a New Year’s resolution, low motivational levels, back to work, post-Christmas debt, the weather, end of the party season, potential weight gain and a specific feeling of needing to take charge of the entire situation.
The below formula is the calculation used to determine the date of Blue Monday:
W = Weather
D = Debt
d = Monthly Salary
T = Time since Christmas
M = Motivation levels
Na = Need to change our situation
Mental Health and Blue Monday
However, today has been hit with much criticism. Many charities agree that by labelling a day of the year ‘the most depressing’ of all, it detracts the seriousness away from depression faced by many people across the nation.
Additionally, Mental health charities like Mind claim that the concept has no foundation in scientific research and that it is dangerously misleading, as those who feel ‘low’ and ‘sad’ may be confusing their emotions with a clinical condition such as depression.
The concern is that some psychologists believe that Blue Monday becomes very depressing to some people because we have sub-consciously started to believe it, and that it’s become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The importance of Mental Health has never been so imperative, with a recent figure on World Mental Health Day 2017 revealing that 9 out of 10 employees experience mental health stigma or discrimination within a workplace.
It may be cold outside and pay day might not be arriving quick enough, but as many argue, Blue Monday has become more of a marketing ploy rather than a tangible concept – so how can you fight the Monday blues?
How to make your Blue Monday bright:
There are a number of great ways to tackle Blue Monday: exercise, enjoy a hobby, socialise, get outside and eat well. However, this is also the perfect chance to embrace your career and find that perfect job.
Throughout the month of January, VHR are initiating the Year of You – a series of top tips that offer the best advice for 2018 job trends; this Blue Monday offers an amazing opportunity to challenge your future and research most in-demand skills for your industry, as well as advice on embarking upon a new career/job.
Don’t let Blue Monday make you feel despondent; January is statistically the best month to acquire a new job, so find an amazing job vacancy with VHR today.
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