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Blue Monday

Blue Monday is upon us. “Reported to be the most depressing day of the year for countries in the Northern Hemisphere.”
BM only became a ‘thing’ in 2005  when this bloke, Cliff Arnall, did a fancy albeit confusing equation.


Do we all get this? Cool. OF COURSE NOT!!

Allow me to add a key:

W = weather
D= debt
T = time since Christmas
Q = time since failing our new years resolutions (God know’s how that’s a Q)
M = low motivation levels
N = low motivation levels again (apparently that needed to be mentioned twice).

So there you have it, that’s Blue Monday. We could use this equation….. OR, instead refer to my simple summary: It’s cold, dark, you’re broke and there’s still two weeks until pay day. The new year’s resolutions have gone out the window, and you can’t be arsed doing anything productive.

There are those who argue that BM was created by a holiday company. Makes sense I guess, who goes away in January? (Me, because I totally planned ahead and knew that Jan would be rough). But still.

I think it’s good that as a nation we can except sadness as being a valid emotion, even if just for one day. Most of the time we keep it under lock and key, pretending to be fine and happy. So I like to think of Blue Monday as national, ‘it’s ok to be sad if you want to’ day.

For me, the answer is to take the bull by the horns. You know it’s coming, so take control by doing something positive. By positive I don’t mean shouting affirmations at yourself in the mirror, (unless that works). I mean, be proactive. Plan something with friends or family. Even if it’s just nipping round for a cuppa. DO NOT BE ALONE AND CURL UP WITH YOUR DEMONS. Get up and DO something.
Blue Monday is a great opportunity to crack open your mental health first aid kit. For more ideas, check out these posts:


If you know someone who’s going through a hard time, then message to say that you’re thinking about them. A simple gesture can mean the world. My closest mates often send me cards.

My plans? I’ll be signing books during the day at Foyles (there’s only seven in stock, but I’m ridiculously excited)! Then lunch and a natter with my husband. Then in the evening I’ll be at the ELLE ‘How to be Happy Event,‘ listening to some inspiring women talk.

Let me know what your Blue Monday plans are!

Some awesome mental charities to mention, just because.

Anxiety UK
Young Minds
Student Minds
Time to Change 

And don’t forgot to use the code MAD for a cheeky 10% off my book.


Categories: Anxiety

9 replies

  1. My day will start with admin work, then some time for meditation/self-Reiki before clients in the afternoon and evening. I find each day is a little easier now, as the daylight hours stretch out more and more 🙂
    Enjoy your excellent sounding day and I hope you will be mobbed at Foyles!

  2. Claire. Great article. I always has this as an issue. I absolutely hate the dark nights in January. We always used to book a holiday for February to help. It gave something to look forward to and we planned it significantly far in advance that it didn’t add to the ‘im in debt but it’s 2 weeks to pay day’ feeling

    Hope you get through it


    Ps – How do I get a copy of your book in australia?

  3. Hi Claire. Absolutely loving your book. I can relate to so much of it. Particularly schooldays, and I’m an old fart of 56. I’ve lived with anxiety and depression for years and keep it in check most of the time. Blue Monday. I kicked it into touch! All the best Mike

  4. Thanks Claire. This time of year is rubbish for me for personal reasons, so it’s good to know that someone has empathy

  5. Oh but btw, Blue Monday is one of the greatest tunes of all time 😀

  6. I’m not sure we have a Blue Monday in the states but we should. All of the same issues apply.

    I love your advice to plan something positive in advance. I think if we all try to do that more often we can definitely handle tough or long days a little better. For example, today, my wife and have a long day of work ahead of us with training and overtime to be done. But, we got free tickets to a movie premiere tonight and we’re excited about that. So I’m sure it will help the day go by a little quicker. Those little things help to lift the difficulty of a Blue Monday… or Wednesday in my case 🙂

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