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Blue Monday: Third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year
According to a psychologist, people on the third Monday in January are said to be more depressed than on any other day of the year. 2017 is said to be even worse than usual, also known as “Blue Monday”. Some tips can help you to cope better with it.
Tired and without drive in winter
Short days, gray skies, low temperatures: This is the only thing that can be left without a trace. The cold months lead to chronic fatigue and listlessness in many people, and in the worst case to winter depression. The worst day of the year is said to be the third Monday in January. Some tips can help you to not only survive this "Blue Monday", but also the entire cold season.
The most depressing day of the year
Since 2005, the British psychologist Dr. Cliff Arnall said that the third Monday in January was the saddest, most depressing day of the year.
According to the former scientist at Cadiff University in Wales, this has to do with the post-Christmas season and the associated bills. Then there is the usually hideous, gray, wet and cold weather.
Therefore, at this time and especially on this day, you feel depressed, become even sluggish and eat more carbohydrates.
This year's Blue Monday is the worst
In an interview with the British "Telegraph", Dr. Arnall, this year's “Blue Monday” is even worse than all of the previous ones.
The reason for this are the political events such as the election of Donald Trump or Brexit, but also the death of many idols such as George Michael and Carrie Fisher.
Dr. Arnall also explained how to deal with the day: "The easiest way to be happy is to spend more time with people who love and like you as you are."
“Use Blue Monday as a springboard for change to lose weight, quit smoking, live a dream or change your job. Make the most of your life and live it to the fullest. ”
Even if Dr. Arnall is a scientist, his calculated regularity, according to which the third Monday in January is supposed to be the worst day of the year, has not been scientifically proven.
Its formula is dismissed by experts as pseudo-scientific nonsense. But one cannot completely deny the gloom at the beginning of the year.
According to Iris Hauth, President of the German Society for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Psychosomatic Medicine and Neurology (DGPPN), every fourth German citizen suffers from impairments in winter.
Seasonal upsets usually increase in January and February when the cold is long. It often subsided by itself in March. Winter depressives usually have cravings for sweets, carbohydrates and a greater need for sleep. Among other things, this is attributed to a lack of light.
Fresh air and daylight
It always makes sense to get out into the fresh air and into the light of day. This also stimulates the circulation, activates body cells and can thus strengthen the immune system. One hour of exercise a day is enough. Sport is also advisable. If necessary, light therapy with special lamps from 2,500 to 10,000 lux also helps.
Adequate hydration and healthy eating
Further tips against the winter blues: Make sure you take in sufficient fluids. Because in addition to sport and light, water also helps to reduce symptoms such as tiredness and lack of drive.
Food also plays an important role in how fit or tired people feel. Domestic vegetables such as cabbage and the like can help you stay fit in winter. Generally speaking, the menu should not contain too much fat. Swap showers are also recommended to boost the circulation. (ad)