Are You Feeling Blue this Blue Monday?
posted on January 14, 2018
What is Blue Monday?
In 2005, psychologist and “happiness guru” Cliff Arnall, “calculated” that the third Monday in January was the most depressing day of the year. “Blue Monday”, as this day became known, was actually part of a promotional campaign by a British travel agency. The formula, was pseudo-mathematic nonsense that claimed to take into account variables such as the weather, debt levels, and failure of New Year’s resolutions.
Why Is the Concept Still Popular?
Although the mathematics is nonsense, Blue Monday resonates on an emotional level. January can be a difficult month for many people. The holidays are over, winter has settled in, holiday credit card bills arrive, the days are short and the weather cold.
So, What’s the Problem?
One concern about Blue Monday is that it confuses “the blues” with depression when there are important differences between the two.
The blues are something that all of us go through at one time or another and the feelings are usually mild and of short duration. There are many things that you can do to help improve your mood, including exercise, proper rest and nutrition
In contrast, depression (depressive disorder) is a serious mental health condition requiring treatment. It is the leading cause of disability in the world and about 11% of men and 16% of women in Canada will experience it in their lifetime
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) a type of depression that occurs during the same season each year and is believed to be linked to a lack of sunlight . One treatment for SAD that has had some success is light therapy
How Can You Tell if You Have Depression?
The symptoms of depression vary by individual but generally include:
- Low mood
- Loss of interest for things you normally enjoy
- Changes in appetite
- Feeling worthless
- Sleeping too much or not enough
- Poor concentration
- Restlessness or slowness
- Loss of energy
- Thought of suicide
If you notice you have several of these symptoms most days for more than 2 or 3 weeks, you might have depression. Contact your doctor or mental health professional for a diagnosis. There are many treatments available. There is also a Mental Health Helpline available 24/7 in Ontario 1-866-531-2600
Kinjunxion has many depression resources available for you and your family
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