“Blue Monday” is social media’s “most sad day.”

“Blue Monday” is social media’s “most sad day.”

Social media users have responded to “Blue Monday” in a variety of ways. Some have urged followers to “give a thought for those of us with birthdays today,” while others have slammed the idea as a fiction.

Experts have labeled today, January 16, as the “worst sad day of the year.”

Dr. Cliff Arnall, a psychologist, came up with the phrase “Blue Monday” and developed a formula to explain why the third Monday in January is particularly terrible.

It considers things like the typical length of time that New Year’s resolutions fail, bad weather, debt, the length of time since Christmas, and motivation levels.

While some people embrace the concept and look forward to the day, others claim it’s a marketing ploy that reinforces unfavorable mental health stereotypes.

Social media users react to 'Blue Monday' dubbed the 'most depressing day of the year'

To say a big gigantic f*** off to whoever invented it, I’m going to make it my job to be as toe-curlingly loud and uplifting as I can.

“Peace and goodwill for 2023.”

Another person remarked, “It’s officially Blue Monday, so give a thought to those who have a birthday on the most depressing day of the year.”

Even the official Spice Girls twitter account today provided encouragement to the public by tweeting: “Keep smiling… all you need is positivity.”

Many people posted animal images in an effort to brighten up others.

However, charities are among those who claim they do not support Blue Monday.

“Bin off Blue Monday and celebrate #BrewMonday with us today instead,” read a tweet from the Samaritans.

“Blue Monday is nothing more than a made-up marketing ploy. Retweet to support us in rejecting the harmful stereotypes about mental health that it fosters.

Blue Monday is a fiction, according to the London Fire Brigade, which also noted that people might experience depression at any time of the year.

The winter months are when one in fifteen Britons experience depression and SAD.

The issue is thought to be connected to how the body reacts to light.

According to the dominant idea, the hypothalamus, a region of the brain, may become dysfunctional in the absence of sunlight.

This might affect how much melatonin, a hormone that induces sleep, is produced. People who have SAD produce more of it than usual.

Serotonin production may also be impacted, which would have a further negative effect on mood, hunger, and sleep.

Depression symptoms are also associated with low serotonin levels.

What assistance is offered?

For those who are struggling, there is the charity Samaritans.

According to Julie Bentley, chief executive of the Samaritans, “At Samaritans, we know how effective talking and listening can be, even if it is virtually.”

It’s about taking the time to listen and support one another; it doesn’t have to be a Monday or a cup of tea. It might help save a life.

You can contact the Samaritans for free and support at 116 123 or online at samaritans.org if you have been impacted by any of the topics discussed in this article.

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