BLUE Monday – the most depressing day of the year, the dreaded first Monday back at work after the New Year break.
Researchers have analysed more than two million tweets over the past three years and concluded that the first Monday back in the office, on the building site or in the beauty salon, is when twitter users post their most negative updates. But come on, seriously, is it really the most depressing day of the year?
What about that Sunday in May? You know the one, when the final matches are played in the current Barclays Premier League campaign and there’s no football for two whole months! Fear not, though, as 2014 is a World Cup year so we should just about survive until August.
The failure to stick to resolutions is seen as a defining factor of Blue Monday. It’s the day people arrive home from work, stare at their luminous running jacket and new trainers . . . before deciding that the settee and a microwave curry is just that bit more appealing. Don’t beat yourself up about this, though. If you’ve munched your way through those chocolate biscuits you said you weren’t going to have again, or kicked back with a can of beer or two, it isn’t the end of the world. In fact, the success rate for people sticking to their goals is reckoned to be about eight per cent, so you’re certainly not alone in failing miserably on the resolution front.
To be honest, there’s more chance of Manchester United winning this season’s premier league than the majority of us sticking to our resolutions (sorry, couldn’t resist it!).
It isn’t like 4,000 years ago, when the origins of New Year’s resolutions are said to have taken root, and when the Babylonians made promises to their gods at the beginning of their New Year and, in turn, hoped to receive protection and guidance. Similarly, the Romans made promises to their gods of beginnings and transitions, sticking vehemently to them for fear of being struck down by said gods.
So I think we’re getting off pretty lightly these days, don’t you? And the only thing we’ll be struck down by is an attack of the guilts about that running jacket and those trainers!