Published on Twinkl Educational Resources, 17th January 2022.

Blue Monday: supposedly ‘the most depressing day of the year’, according to a travel company.

The third Monday in January was named Blue Monday after being calculated by an equation, which takes into account factors such as the weather, time since Christmas, debt levels and time since new year’s resolutions are predicted to have been broken.

This calculation has been called ‘nonsensical’ and ‘farcical’ throughout the media, since it’s based on unscientific and unquantifiable variables – how can you quantify the weather? Nonetheless, January can be a challenging month for many. The Christmas decorations have been put in the loft until next year, your bank account might have taken a hit from the recent gift-giving, and the grey sky and frost outside isn’t particularly conducive to happy spirits.

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