Beating the blues

It’s that time of year again – Christmas is well and truly over, it’s cold and dark outside and that summer holiday you’ve been planning seems like a world away.

Yesterday we saw the return of ‘Blue Monday’ which is said to be the most depressing day of the year.

The day, coined by psychologist Cliff Arnall in 2004, falls on the third Monday in January every year. Arnall based his theory on factors such as people are back to work after Christmas, the comprehension that the winter holiday is over and the realisation of just how far over budget we went on our Christmas shopping.

However, what many people don’t know is that ‘Blue Monday’ is, in fact, a complete hoax. There is no science behind the most depressing day of the year and although Arnall did come up with a formula which represents the numerous factors behind the day, the reality is with everyone telling you it’s the most depressing day of the year paired with the grim, wintry weather we all end up having a rather sad day.

Yesterday at Minerva House we weren’t going to let Monday 15th get us down. In order to ‘beat the blues,’ we started the day with a 10am start and an endless supply of coffee supplied by both the Guardian and Global. An area of Reception was transformed into a games room and in the afternoon, the Minerva Employee Council served afternoon tea with a spread of doughnuts and cupcakes galore.

Although it might be fake, ‘Blue Monday’ gives you an excuse to be moody, so if you’d like to plan ahead for future bad moods, the fateful day will fall on January 21st next year. Bring it on!


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Harriet is part of the New Business and Marketing Team at OMD UK.

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