5 Things You Didn’t Know About Blue Monday
Crank up the feel-good music, because Blue Monday is here. Typically the 3rd Monday in January, the day has been hailed as the most depressing of the whole year. Whether you’re spending it at work, with friends, or alone in bed hiding from the negative vibes, there’s always time for a bit of light reading. We’ve compiled a list of 5 things you probably didn’t know about the day, along with some top-tips for having the least blue- Blue Monday of all time.
1. Blue Monday was originally a marketing ploy
The concept of Blue Monday was actually invented by a PR company in order to sell holidays! They capitalised on the fact that the weather was terrible, the days were short, and everybody was coming down from their Christmas-high, meaning that they’d do anything for a bit of winter sun!
2. We associate the colour blue with sadness because of old ship traditions
In olden times, if a ship lost its Captain while at sea, she would fly blue flags when she returned to her home port. To say “we’re feeling blue” means that we’re feeling sadness or grief, just as the people who saw a ship sailing with blue flags would.
3. Blue Monday is linked to post-Christmas austerity
The misery associated with Blue Monday is not just to do with bad weather and long nights. The day typically arrives before most people’s January payday, and marks the beginning of the toughest week in the calendar for many. Whether you’ve over-spent on Christmas dinners, presents and parties, or you’re waiting on that Christmas overtime, January before payday can leave you feeling a bit worse for wear.
4. Blue Monday Inspired a Canadian Punk Band
Blue Monday is the name of a hardcore punk band from the Canadian city of Vancouver. Clearly, they weren’t too put off by the idea of a long, sad Monday!
5. It’s Not Real…
It’s all just a silly marketing ploy, and there is no evidence to suggest that Blue Monday actually needs to be the most miserable day of the year. Why not treat yourself to something indulgent, a long bath or an extra helping of dessert, and make this Monday the happiest Monday ever?
Written by Ellen Barr