There is a particular day of the year just after Christmas that people find the most depressing. They call this day Blue Monday.
It is alleged that this originated as part of a publicity campaign from Sky Travel to encourage people to book a Winter Sun holiday. Cliff Arnall then created a formula for Blue Monday as follows:
Where Weather = W, Debt = d, time since Christmas = T, time since failing our New Year's resolutions = Q, low motivational levels = M and the feeling of a need to take action = Na. 'D' is not defined in the release, nor are units.
The date is supposed to fall on the Monday of the last full week of January. This year, it falls on 19 January. Of course, since it's publication, there have been many naysayers who have debunked the idea, referring to it as pseudoscience.
Contrary to this, researchers analysed more than 2million tweets posted by Britons looking for negative language and phrases indicating a drop in mood. They found that there will be nearly five times the number of tweets related to guilt owing to peoples' failed new year's resolutions. In an analysis conducted by drinks company Upbeat,it was found complaints about the weather will be six times higher than usual – and men will feel more miserable than women. Legal experts also dub this day as "Divorce Monday" as it is the most popular day of the year for starting divorce proceedings.
Call it what you will, the end of January tends to be pretty bleak all round. It's a long time until payday, you realise you overspent and overindulged at Christmas, you couldn't keep to your New Year's resolution, your house looks bare now all the decorations have been taken down, you're back into the swing of things at your 9-5 job and the weather is truly awful! It's hard not to feel a little blue in all honesty!
National Awareness Days says; Blue Monday is a special day, for people to focus on doing good for each other. Not necessarily presents and cards, just little acts of kindness (or big ones, if you like).
What will you be doing this Blue Monday? If you have no plans, come on down to Bethnal Green Working Men's Club for a celebration like no other! Cabaret Roulette are throwing a bash to banish the blues! This event is pay-what-you-can and all money raised will go straight to MIND mental health charity.
If you can't make it to the show, there are limited edition art prints of the show's poster available to purchase. Head on over to Cabaret Roulette's Facebook page for more information.
Poster created by Lou Safire
For more information about the performers involved, see the lineup HERE