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Today is 'Blue Monday'. According to so called experts, it falls on the 3rd Monday of every January and takes into account things like debt, the long nights, the end of Christmas and just generally feeling unmotivated and the most depressing day of the year.

Is it scientific? No, but this apparent accumulation of factors all rolled into one mean it may affect people's mood. Scientists have pointed to the feelings being very similar to those who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and mental health charities have argued it trivialises those experiencing mental health difficulties as it implies that feeling low is date specific - when the complete opposite is true.

So what do you guys think? Is there any truth to 'Blue Monday?' Do you think it trivialises mental health difficulties? Lastly, what would you suggest to someone feeling a bit 'down in the dumps'?
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Today is 'Blue Monday'. According to so called experts, it falls on the 3rd Monday of every January and takes into account things like debt, the long nights, the end of Christmas and just generally feeling unmotivated and the most depressing day of the year.

Is it scientific? No, but this apparent accumulation of factors all rolled into one mean it may affect people's mood. Scientists have pointed to the feelings being very similar to those who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and mental health charities have argued it trivialises those experiencing mental health difficulties as it implies that feeling low is date specific - when the complete opposite is true.

So what do you guys think? Is there any truth to 'Blue Monday?' Do you think it trivialises mental health difficulties? Lastly, what would you suggest to someone feeling a bit 'down in the dumps'?
haven't had a bad Monday so far lol
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I think having blue Monday gives people a reason to not do anything
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haven't had a bad Monday so far lol
I left my glasses in my car because I was wearing my prescription sunglasses and I've come into work with them on :mmm:
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I left my glasses in my car because I was wearing my prescription sunglasses and I've come into work with them on :mmm:
well things could have gotten worse
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Today is 'Blue Monday'. According to so called experts, it falls on the 3rd Monday of every January and takes into account things like debt, the long nights, the end of Christmas and just generally feeling unmotivated and the most depressing day of the year.

Is it scientific? No, but this apparent accumulation of factors all rolled into one mean it may affect people's mood. Scientists have pointed to the feelings being very similar to those who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and mental health charities have argued it trivialises those experiencing mental health difficulties as it implies that feeling low is date specific - when the complete opposite is true.

So what do you guys think? Is there any truth to 'Blue Monday?' Do you think it trivialises mental health difficulties? Lastly, what would you suggest to someone feeling a bit 'down in the dumps'?
I feel alright.

I don't think there is any truth in it. If someone is feeling down, I’d suggest they take some time off their activities and try to engage with the people around them. Go for a walk, say hello to your neighbour or even have a nice alone time on Netflix.
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well things could have gotten worse
If that's my bad luck for the day, I'll take it
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Just an average Monday tbh, if you don’t include the fact that I had to do 5 laps around the field when it was like 2 degrees, and the fact that I can literally hear the gossip about me in the corner rn
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Just an average Monday tbh, if you don’t include the fact that I had to do 5 laps around the field when it was like 2 degrees, and the fact that I can literally hear the gossip about me in the corner rn
that sounds awful lol
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that sounds awful lol
Ikr- well that’s the average Monday at an all girls school
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Today is 'Blue Monday'. According to so called experts, it falls on the 3rd Monday of every January and takes into account things like debt, the long nights, the end of Christmas and just generally feeling unmotivated and the most depressing day of the year.

Is it scientific? No, but this apparent accumulation of factors all rolled into one mean it may affect people's mood. Scientists have pointed to the feelings being very similar to those who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and mental health charities have argued it trivialises those experiencing mental health difficulties as it implies that feeling low is date specific - when the complete opposite is true.

So what do you guys think? Is there any truth to 'Blue Monday?' Do you think it trivialises mental health difficulties? Lastly, what would you suggest to someone feeling a bit 'down in the dumps'?
Thankfully, all is well so far this 'Blue Monday'! Work has been going pretty smoothly, but more importantly, I'm high spirited. I wouldn't necessarily say that it is trivialised but rather highlighted that people around us may be a little bit down, which is something you can look out for in your co-workers/classmates/famlily, etc. I just used the reverse uno card on the charities, I guess.
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Sounds like nonsense tbh
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Sounds like nonsense tbh
true every Monday is a "Blue Monday" lol
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It is utter bull**** made up by advertises to sell you more **** that you don't need.
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I think there is some truth in it. Definitely get that vibe just talking to people in the office today. The energy is low, everyone's worrying how to make December's pay last until next week (we got paid a week early, so it had to last 5 weeks instead of 4), and it's freezing cold and a little dark outside in the middle of the day.

I also have mental health issues (depression and anxiety) and don't feel it trivialises it.
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Today has been fine, I've been at work and got a lot done - pretty bored now tho with many more hours to fill!!
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I thought Blue Monday was a New Order song :ninja:
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It is utter bull**** made up by advertises to sell you more **** that you don't need.
Agreed, tbh I think half of the January blues is caused by excess. People spend stupid amounts of money over Christmas to buy a sofa and what not to impress the relatives, then the realisation of paying it all off hits in January.
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Today is 'Blue Monday'. According to so called experts, it falls on the 3rd Monday of every January and takes into account things like debt, the long nights, the end of Christmas and just generally feeling unmotivated and the most depressing day of the year.

Is it scientific? No, but this apparent accumulation of factors all rolled into one mean it may affect people's mood. Scientists have pointed to the feelings being very similar to those who experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and mental health charities have argued it trivialises those experiencing mental health difficulties as it implies that feeling low is date specific - when the complete opposite is true.

So what do you guys think? Is there any truth to 'Blue Monday?' Do you think it trivialises mental health difficulties? Lastly, what would you suggest to someone feeling a bit 'down in the dumps'?
It was made up by a travel company to sell more package holidays in a traditionally quiet sales month.
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I thought Blue Monday was a New Order song :ninja:
great minds think alike, i came here to say that
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