Blue Monday: Is it the most depressing day of the year?

The third Monday in January is supposedly the gloomiest day of the year. It’s Often known as ‘Blue Monday’ due to Christmas being over, the New Year in the past and winter well and truly set in.

Here are some tips that may help if you or someone you care about are struggling with your mental health:

Blue Monday: Is it the most depressing day of the year?

1. Get active

It’s easy during the holiday season with all the interruptions to our normal routine, poor weather conditions, and increased social activities to let your regular exercise routine slip. But staying active and getting regular exercise are important to maintaining a healthy mood and body.

2. Get enough sleep

Getting enough sleep will ensure you feel well rested after time off, so try going to bed earlier on Sunday nights. You can even wake up a little early on Monday mornings to make going back easier, as then you will not rush and have the opportunity to have some time for yourself. Troubles always seem heavier when we are not well rested, and sleep helps us to feel happy, energetic and well.

3. Have something to look forward to

The wave of social gatherings at Christmas suddenly stopping after New Year's Eve can make things going 'back to normal' feel low. To combat this, make it so that you have something to look forward to in January, for example scheduling lunch with a friend. Remember, if you are feeling sad, worried, overwhelmed and/or lonely, you are not alone in this experience. Please reach out to a trusted adult, parent or partner for support.

4. Avoid the debt

Christmas is a time of giving and receiving, but a lot of the gifts we give can end up causing debt. Although it can be difficult to avoid spending at Christmas, try to avoid buying items that you do not need throughout the year. This will mean that you could save money all through the year, and when Christmas comes around you'll naturally spend less and avoid the debt for January.

5. Be grateful

Recent research has shown that when you take time to appreciate what you already have, you’ll feel more energetic and optimistic. Make a list of things you’re grateful for, and people you’re grateful you know.

Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed or like we need some extra support. If you are going through a tough time, if you are feeling anxious or stressed, our friends at can help. Jigsaw provide vital support to young people in Ireland aged 12-25 who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health. Check out their website to find your nearest Jigsaw.

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