17/01/2010 09:37 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Get Ready For The Most Miserable Day Of The Year

Brace yourself friends, for tomorrow is Blue Monday, the day psychologists have crowned the most miserable day of the year. Apparently this is calculated using a formula consisting of several factors: the weather (miserable!), debt (January credit card bill landing), time since Christmas, time since making and failing our New Year's resolutions, low motivational levels and all round feeling of rubbishness.

All in all, predictions are Not Good for the third Monday in January.

But we parents are made of pretty strong stuff: like the band Chumbawamba, we get knocked down, then we get up again. So let's not let the impending day of doom leave us wailing in misery, let's find some reasons to be cheerful instead:

  • Children can put a smile on your face without even trying
    Babies do it by being cute, older ones do it via jokes about breaking wind. Your child is pretty much guaranteed to cheer you up tomorrow. If they don't, send them back to the shop.
  • It's holiday planning time
    Brochures and websites are free, so start planning how your family's going to get away from it all this year. It's amazing how even the promise of sunshine can lift your mood.
  • Schools are open once again
    I feared that ours were going to be shut permanently, and we were all going to have to find new careers as snowmen builders. But now the big freeze has given way to the big thaw and life is getting back to normal.

It's all up from here – psychologist Cliff Arnall has predicted that 18 June 2010 will be the happiest day of the year, so stick that in your diary and start counting off the days. Plan a lovely lunch for tomorrow and a decent walk to shake the cobwebs off.

Do you feel down on Blue Monday? How do you deal with it? Leave a comment below