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Beat Blue Monday - Make it Motivation Monday!

18 Jan 16  | Recruitment News
Beat Blue Monday - Make it Motivation Monday!

Today is the beginning of the third week of January, and according to many, that makes it Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year.

It’s three weeks after Christmas, bank balances are running low and waistline measurements high, and the majority of us have already broken our New Year’s resolutions, so it’s no wonder really that people tend to get a little blue through the month of January.

The idea of a specific day upon which these blues were worst, ‘Blue Monday’, was first suggested in 2005 by psychologist Dr Cliff Arnall, who posited that the confluence of misery which besets us in January would reach its zenith on a particular day of the month, and that this day could be calculated using a formula: {[W+(D-d)] x T^Q} ÷ [M x NA], where W=weather, D=debt, d=monthly salary, T=time passed since Christmas, Q=the time since the failure of an attempt to give something up (such as a New Year’s Resolution), M=low motivational levels and NA=the feeling of a need to take action.

It turns out, in fact, that Dr Arnell’s position was actually an advertising campaign by travel agents Sky Travel to sell last minute holidays (‘You’re depressed? Go on holiday!’ being the general idea), and many scientists and psychologists have since debunked the idea. A quick trawl of Twitter and Facebook does seem to yield a rather high number of negative messages, but one could ask whether the blues people are feeling today are in fact a self-fulfilling prophecy – people expect to feel a bit down, and so they do.

We’d like to suggest forgetting Blue Monday and making this day Motivation Monday instead. Our reasoning is sound, we’d like to think:

  • It’s the third week of January, which means it’s still the beginning of the year, but it’s been long enough since the Christmas period that all the cobwebs have been cleared away and it’s a great time to plan ahead: take some time to decide where you want to be this time next year, and lay out a roadmap for how you’re going to get yourself there. Knowing where you’re going is a great way to feel better about where you are.
  • With another year ahead, January is often a time people are looking to start new ventures and take new risks, so it can be a great time to chat with people in your network to see what’s going on – maybe a friend is starting a new business and needs a trusted lieutenant, or perhaps your boss would be open to that great idea you’ve been gestating, or even to that raise you’ve been thinking about asking for. The start of a new year can be a great time to ask the questions you’ve been nervous about.
  • The days are (finally!) getting longer, and soon it might actually be light when you leave the office – that’s definitely a reason for feeling a little happier.
  • You made it through another year – be thankful! Research shows that appreciating what you have makes the things you don’t have seem less important – you don’t yet have that big house you’ve been dreaming of? Remember that you and yours have your health, and suddenly the house doesn’t seem so important.

Turn #BlueMonday on its head and take the opportunity to make #MotivationMonday work for you!

Need a little inspiration to motivate you? Check out our recent posts on keeping motivation high and how to make the New Year work for you!

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