Today is Blue Monday.
Blue Monday is calculated using a series of factors in a (not particularly scientific) mathematical formula. The factors are: the weather, debt level (specifically, the difference between debt and our ability to pay), the amount of time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and the feeling of a need to take charge of the situation.
These factors all come together in a perfect storm for a single day believed to be the most depressing of the year – Blue Monday. Although this is a pseudoscience, it does help to shine a light on depression and mental health. Depression is not just a feeling of unhappiness or being a bit fed up for a few days – which is common and totally normal.
Those who are suffering from depression can suffer from an immense feeling of sadness that can last for weeks, months, or years, and can be accompanied by a total disconnect from all feelings of happiness.
If you or a loved one are suffering from depression, seek medical help. Depression can be treated, and you don’t have to feel this way forever.
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