After the euphoria of holidays and parties, it is inevitable that everything goes down: the routine returns to envelop us overwhelmingly. Because today, 21 January, is the saddest day of the year.
And although in psychology it is known as post-holiday or post-holiday syndrome, the term is much more popular Blue Monday, inserted in the popular culture to describe that disquiet. A date was also given on the day of the year: the third Monday in January. The date was born of a formula found by Cliff Arnall, a psychologist from the University of Cardiff, who was responsible for divulging the term for commercial purposes. For this reason, his theory and the validity of the word have been incorporated into popular culture, even if everything that has been described by many scientists as pseudoscience and its scientific basis has been refuted because it has no basis.
However, the feeling is real, especially when you have to face goals that may not be fulfilled, bills to pay and a job to return to. A 2015 study, conducted by the car rental company Auto Europe and conducted by Atomik Research, showed that 57% of British workers felt depressed and unreasonable when they returned to work.
The survey had a sample of 1000 people and showed that 21% felt melancholy when he returned to work. This discomfort, associated with various factors, may even have variants, such as seasonal affective disorder, depression that appears with seasonal changes, especially when it starts in autumn and winter and is found in medical literature as a condition for what requires help professional.
Because Monday, January 21st is the saddest day of the year
"The Blue Monday It's usually a busy day, because the excitement of the holidays is over, and maybe we're back to the reality of work, the growing debt of the holidays and the failed resolutions of the new year. The best antidote to this is to consciously focus our brains on everything that works well in our lives.
As a researcher of happiness who has studied optimism for more than a decade, I recommend a daily practice of gratitude. Try to record three new and unique things every day for 21 days for which you are grateful or, for the same period of time, write a two minute note or an email to someone new and different every day to congratulate or thank them..
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