While dealing with depression on a daily basis can be hard enough, there are certain circumstances that can easily trigger a depressive episode on their own; the death of a loved one, losing a job, accidents. Environmental factors can also have this negative effect on people, when winter comes along it is important to identify those symptoms are you suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder or ‘Winter Blues’ or is it major depression? Either way, this time of the year can be extremely hard for some.
According to Cliff Arnall, a one-time tutor at Cardiff University coined the term “Blue Monday” to refer to the day where our spirits are at the lowest. He even came up with a mathematical equation to explain his theory.
The Monday during the last full week of January is considered to be the saddest day of the year. A couple of factors seem to align – just like planets and stars – and their powers combined send us all in a downward spiral of gloominess.