Blue Monday

New Beginnings and New Approaches for a Happier January and Always

Orlagh McCarron | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Orlagh McCarron

It is very easy to find ourselves stuck, to end up in a funk where we continue in a spiral downward slump of no return. To which I say STOP, you have what it takes to turn it all around and it starts with your mindset and outlook on your approach to life.

Blue Monday Trivialises Mental Illness

Dr Mark Winwood | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Mark Winwood

It badges the likes of depression as a condition that's about being upset with the cold January weather, Christmas debts and the back to work humdrum that can be solved by a shopping spree, snuggling up with a hot chocolate or contemplating starting a new hobby.

Blue Monday 'Trivialises Depression', Say Mental Health Experts

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Blue Monday, which usually occurs on the third Monday of January, is cited by many to be the "most depressing day of the year". But mental health expe...

Blue Monday: A Dangerous Myth

George Woolfrey | Posted 17.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
George Woolfrey

How are you? No, how are you really? Because just for today, you can legitimately respond with something other than, "Fine thanks." I may not be the first person to point out to you that today is Blue Monday, supposedly "the most depressing day of the year". Well, shut the front door; it's not. The term was coined back in 2005 as part of an advertising campaign, and has been spreading misunderstanding ever since. A quick Google will tell you that the whole concept is a load of rubbish and has about as much scientific basis as Ghostbusters.

Think Happy, Be Happy: My Path to Beating the Blues

Sallyann Keizer | Posted 17.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sallyann Keizer

I googled, "happiness" and my journey began. I'd spent much of my life believing that my happiness was dependent on external circumstances: whether I was in a loving relationship, if my job was rewarding, and my family was content.

Blue Monday - The Soundtrack to the Gloomiest Day of the Year

Rachel Braier | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rachel Braier

In my last blog I listed my top ten favourite albums. Its natural sequel, would be a discussion of the latest social media trend, which is to post se...

A Healthy Dollop Of #MondayMotivation To Get You Through The Day

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Everybody knows that Mondays are a struggle. The weekend's gone way too fast, you're feeling a little groggy and the last place you want to be righ...

Tempted to Leave Your Job? Maybe You Need More Autonomy at Work.

Charlie Mowat | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK
Charlie Mowat

I'm particularly interested in autonomy, the need people have to choose and be in control of the things they do. In the workplace, this means a sense of ownership over tasks.

2015 Style Awards: And the Winter Winner Goes to...

Sonia Waszkowiak | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sonia Waszkowiak

We suffer through Blue Monday, woeful winds stronger than Channing Tatum doing squat thrusts with Geoff Capes and days greyer than Christian Grey lying on a grey bed in a grey room, crowing about all the shades of grey he can think of, like a depressed Dulux colour chart.

Why January Is a Good Month

Zoe Jones | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Jones

After the excesses of December, which now seem to take over the whole month, not just Christmas, I have actually found myself craving my own company, reading books, catching-up on films I haven't seen yet and focusing on eating healthily and moving more.

Reasons Why Blue Monday Doesn't Have to Be Blue

Claire Lim | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Lim

I felt fine yesterday so why am I being told that I'm depressed today? Even if you are feeling the January blues, there are still plenty of reasons to be feeling quite the opposite. Let's not start the year on a sour note, let's push on and make the best of the first month of the year.

Go on, Pamper Yourself With an All-Weather Walk!

Nina Barough CBE | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nina Barough CBE

It's here again: Blue Monday - the start of the third week in January is allegedly the most depressing day of the year. There's no actual scientific evidence to back this up but it's the kind of theory that feels true whether there's any real science behind it or not.

Why We Need To Tackle #BlueMonday All Year Round

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

January 19 marks Blue Monday, supposedly the unhappiest day of the year. But new research from the Priory Group reveals that depression, stress and...

19 Funny Cat And Dog Videos Guaranteed To Brighten Your #BlueMonday

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Comedy

It's Blue Monday - the day before Ruby Tuesday and the day after Sunday Bloody Sunday. And there's surely no better antidote to The Most Depressing...

Why We're Doing #BeatBlueMonday

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

In recent years we've become accustomed to seeing #BlueMonday on our Twitter feeds once a week, but the term was originally used to describe the third...

LOOK: Remedy Blue Monday With These Beautiful Blue Sights

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

It’s Blue Monday – supposedly the most depressing day of the year. While the basis of this claim is dubious (in fact, its just a gimmick by a ...

The Best Years of Our Lives?

Anthony Curley | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics
Anthony Curley

The average under 25-year-old who contacts StepChange has unsecured debt of £5,471. Small wonder growing numbers are falling into the clutches of parasitic payday lenders. In 2012, 42% of the charity's young clients had taken out a payday loan, rocketing up from 25% in 2011.

My Formula for Avoiding Blue Monday

Nick Jones | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Jones

Well if you ask me the whole December/January transition is ridiculous. Being a glutton one minute and then abstaining the next seems like a sure fire recipe for a bipolar episode. Surely we would all be much better off changing our habits in a less drastic fashion? Perhaps we could start a detox in February... or March... maybe July?

Forget About Blue Monday - Depression Is All in the Mind

Dan Roberts | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dan Roberts

Granted, January is a pretty gloomy month (I was shocked to see a blue sky today, having forgotten what one looked like), but why is that particular day more depressing than any other? Well, of course, it's not. Blue Monday was actually invented by a psychologist to help promote some travel company.

The Most Depressing Day of the Year: The Not So Depressing Truth

David McAlmont | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
David McAlmont

Why is the media so hooked on a patent PR whim, and why do they trumpet it every third Monday of January?

Blue Monday - What an Absolute Farce

Jamie Lewis | Posted 17.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jamie Lewis

Today, apparently, is the most depressing of the year in what 'experts' call 'Blue Monday'.

Happy Blue Monday!

Sarah Cawood | Posted 17.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Cawood

So, today is Blue Monday, so called because, according to various "experts" it's the day in the year we are most likely to feel utterly miserable due to a combination of factors (money, weather, broken New Year resolutions...more on those later).