Blue Monday!

Posted on: 19 January 2011 by Rhian Mainwaring

Here it comes again, the 24th January will see Britain fall to a standstill because of a day made up for Sky Travel!

Yes, that’s right! Sky Travel made up Blue Monday and paid a series of ‘scientists’ and ‘mathematicians’ fees to add their names to the report, in the hope that this would be the day to book a holiday, when everyone has the least money available.

The mathematical equation which featured on the press release and is still used to prove just how blue Monday really is, and it goes something like this…

Equation for Blue Monday

W= weather, D= debt, T= Time since Christmas, Q= Time since failing New Years Resolutions, M= Motivation levels, N= The feeling of a need to take action!

Cliff Arnall, was the man attributed to this study, who was a tutor at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, a Further Education centre attached to Cardiff University, a fact that Cardiff University corrected to ‘ former part-time tutor’!

Never the less Blue Monday seems to take effect on the great British public, as it seems that Blue Monday has become a self-fulfilling prophecy, or is it just the fact that with cold weather on the cards for another 2, 3 or lets face it 4 months and desperate finances, Mondays in January are just plain depressing!

So we went to Dr Hilary Jones for his top 5 tips for beating the Blue Monday… Doldrums

 ITV Daybreak's Health Editor and Alzheimer’s Society supporter, Dr Hilary Jones, lets us in on his top 5 tips to keep you smiling on Blue Monday.

1. Go on the run

Exercise has been proven to lift your mood and improve wellbeing. Sticking to a new regime is much easier if you have a goal. I’ve signed up to the Bupa Great South Run in October to keep me motivated over the coming months. You can get a tailored training programme at 

2. Go the extra mile for someone else

 Studies show that acts of kindness for someone else make us feel good too! Get your friends to sponsor you for your run and raise funds for charity. I’m running for Alzheimer’s Society to support people with dementia and their carers. You can get your charity place at

3. Be green

Research carried out by mental health charity Mind shows that connecting with nature through activities like walking and gardening can be as effective as prescription drugs in treating mental distress. Find out more at

4. Be game for a laugh

Whether it’s watching a favourite film or TV show or going out to a comedy night, laughter is an endorphin trigger and helps to reduce stress. Sometimes laughter really is the best medicine.

5. Go bananas

Bananas contain tryptophan, which the body uses to make the happiness hormone serotonin. They also contain potassium and vitamin B6 levels which can become depleted if you’re under stress. Include leafy greens, energy packed seeds, some oily fish and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet, and you’ll be feeding you mind as well as your body.

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