Blue Monday, the Most Depressing Day of the Year?

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Today is January 15th, universally dubbed ‘Blue Monday’ and the most depressing day of the year. Although there is no concrete science behind the myth, it is generally agreed to fall on the third Monday in January. It is considered a bleak day due to the fact that the Christmas festivities are over, New Year’s resolutions have finally fallen through, and pay day is still a few weeks away.

The day does not provide an explanation for depression or long term feelings of sadness. The charity Mind have been derisive of the idea of ‘Blue Monday’, since it implies mental illness is predicted by something as concrete as a date or time. A spokesperson from the charity said: “those of us who live with depression know that those feelings aren’t dictated by the date.”

Nevertheless, today might not be a bad day to practise some self care, so here’s a list of things to do in Brighton to rid yourself of the general Monday blues:

  • Treat yourself to a feel good film in a wonderfully cosy setting at the Duke of York picture house.
  • Visit GLOBALLS crazy gold course at Brighton Marina that’s sure to get you smiling.
  • Visit one of the lanes’ many cosy coffee shops – drinking hot drinks has been proven to increase positive thoughts!
  • Head to one of Brighton’s green spaces like Queens Park or the Level and get some exercise.
  • Brave the weather and ride a roller-coaster on the pier!

If you don’t feel like leaving the house today, you might try watching one of these uplifting films:

  1. Forrest Gump 
  2. Saving Private Ryan 
  3. Mary Poppins 
  4. The Green Mile 
  5. Sleepless in Seattle
  6. A League of Their Own 
  7. Toy Story
  8. It’s a Wonderful Life 
  9. Philadelphia
  10. The Little Mermaid

The Samaritans charity across the UK are turning ‘Blue Monday’ into ‘Brew Monday’ and will be offering a brew and a chat at events across the country. If you need somebody to talk to then their helpline is free to call every day of the year.

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