Monday blues reach an extreme

Photo Courtesy of Pixabay

Photo Courtesy of Pixabay

Alexandra Downing

   The so-called saddest day of the year, also known as Blue Monday, will fall on Monday of next week. The holiday is commonly recognized on the 3rd Monday of Jan. each year, which will fall on the 16th of this month. 

   According to, the holiday originated in 2005 when a British travel company, Sky Travel, coined the term through a PR stunt. The PR stunt cited psychologist Dr. Cliff Arnall who claimed that an alleged scientific equation proved that the 3rd day in Jan. is the most dismal day of the year.

   The equation accounted for many variables such as gloomy winter weather, failed new year’s resolutions, post-holiday debt, seasonal depression, and lower motivation. 

   According to, the holiday was officially celebrated or recognized for the first time on Jan. 24, 2005.

   Due to the dark narrative that surrounds the holiday, it has stirred up many conversations of debate. It is commonly dismissed as many people believe that it is a pseudoscience created in order for businesses to make an additional profit. 

   Many people, specifically experts in the fields of psychology and other sciences, have come out and said that there is no factual evidence in regards to the equation.

   According to, it is often believed that Blue Monday is a hoax that was created as an advertising strategy for the company Sky Travel to sell more travel packages. 

   Despite the widespread disbelief in the factual evidence in regards to the holiday many people still acknowledge Blue Monday and the term sees a spike in conversation on social media as the day approaches. 

   Whether or not you believe that next Monday will be the most sorrowful day of the year, January is often a time of high stress and diminished moods for many people, especially students. 

   It is important on Blue Monday and every other day of the year to take care of your mental health and others. 

   Berlin has many resources that you can utilize if you need help or need someone to talk to. All four guidance counselors, the school’s psychologist, and the school’s psychiatrist are great people to talk to about your mental health.