PR campaigns that suggest it is OK to feel down on one day in January don’t help. But I have found ways to support my own mental health
Today, 15 January, is apparently Blue Monday, a term coined by the psychologist Cliff Arnall in 2005 after a publicist at a British holiday company persuaded him to create a “scientific formula” to find out “the most depressing day of the year”. He took into account weather, debt, time since Christmas, time since failing in our new year’s resolutions, motivational levels, and the feeling of a need to take action. Not content with his attempts to quantify sadness, he also calculated that 24 June or other dates close to midsummer would be “the happiest day of the year”.