Yesterday was “Blue Monday”. It’s supposedly the most depressing day of the year. However, it’s something developed by a travel company in 2005. Wikipedia calls it pseudoscience, and nonsense. That is charitable. Like so many things that have a presence on the web, it is plausible and has taken on a life of its own.
I can’t help thinking that if the third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year you are not leaving yourself much to look forwards to in the remaining 347 days of the year. If you read the Wiki entry it is clear that the whole thing is nonsense.
I can believe that the middle of January isn’t the most cheery time of the year, It’s dark, cold and wet. You spent too much money at Christmas, put weight on and have just about broken all your New Year Resolutions. It’s not going to be a cheerful time of the year, unless you live south of the Equator, where it is midsummer, and a very different January to mine.
I had a more depressing time last week – four days off the road, large bill for car repairs and sprinkle of disappointment from work being refused by editors. That was depressing. Blue Monday was merely a dreary day.
It seems that April and May are the peak time for suicide, which tends to suggest that the most depressing day of the year might actually be there. It also seems that lockdown is affecting mood, with a quarter of people reporting at least one mental health problem during the first lockdown and one in ten having suicidal thoughts.
I had a great time in the first one – it was basically a paid holiday with Julia, in summer. We had no work to go to, no worries and, more importantly, plenty of space and no home schooling because the kids are out of the way. I actually feel guilty about this, because it must have been horrific for some people.
Lockdown 2 was a bit depressing, but number 3 is going OK. Not as good as Number 1 but I decided to approach it in a positive manner and so far it’s working. It hasn’t been as successful or productive as I wanted it to be, but it’s still been quite good.
If today was as bad as it gets, I’ll be happy. Somehow I think there is a lot of potential for things to get worse.
I thought I’d add a picture of a shopping list. Now that I shop online I don’t use shopping lists anymore. Who would have thought that shopping lists would be a victim of Covid?
Blue Monday is another result of the lack of reporters on newspapers these days. Printing PR companies handouts as news is all too common. Google search has gone the same way. You used to get information when you searched for something, now you mostly get advertisements.
I looked up a website for expensive notebooks (afor a present) and have been getting it as an advert and pop up for days – bloody Google!
I know the feeling.
I actually had a lovely day on Blue Monday – at least in so far as I went for a walk with a friend. After two weeks of not really going much further than the end of my road, suddenly a walk in the local part on a grey January day was bliss, especially when accompanied by conversation with another adult not through a screen.
I wonder if shopping lists feel depressed about being relegated to historic quirk?
Sounds like a good day. 😉
I’m sure that shopping lists will be preparing a fightback – they are durable and adaptable things.
Yes, I do still make them myself on occasion 😊
I am getting a bit blase now that I am shopping online, but keep meaning to do a list as a reminder during the week. Age makes it more necessary. 🙂
List-making for me is a bit hit and miss – I’m good at forgetting things if I don’t make one, though!
On the subject of age, I understand that on the whole memory doesn’t deteriorate. We just ascribe forgetfulness to aging when in fact we would have been as forgetful when younger but passed it off as one of those things.
That’s possible, though I have seen it said that we lose concentration as we are using part of our brain power to think of things that come on with age, like pain and stiffening joints (and where the nearest toilet is). 🙂
Yes, we have more on our minds perhaps. I think I mostly lose concentration because daydreaming is often more interesting than reality 😊
April is the cruelest month…
It seems Eliot might have been right after all…
Right? Maybe Barbara Walters too when she said “this is 2020”…
I had to look that up. Too American for me. 🙂
🤔it’s funny because she was such an icon here I assumed she was everywhere
The only US TV presenters I’ve heard of are Oprah, Gerry Springer and Ron Burgundy. 🙂
Barbara was a God in media here. Love that you know Springer and Burgundy though….😉
Although it seems like we have a lot of American TV here, there is a lot more we never see. I notice this when looking up actors on Wiki and realising they have been in dozens of Tv series I’ve never heard of.
You really haven’t missed much. Except Barbara was good. She was famous for making her interviewees cry
Emotion or fear?
🙂 Just checking.
A legible shopping list?
If I have time to sit and compose it, and use block capitals, it is often quite legible. The later biro additions are not quite so good. And if I rush and handwrite it you can probably guess the result. 🙂
Kind of like all those celebration days developed by the greeting card companies. Stay positive. Things could always be worse. Not having to home educate kids tops my list as a plus.
Yes, a definite plus. 🙂
Where do they come up with these things? Blue Monday, indeed! In Maine, January is often blue in the most beautiful way with deep blue skies.
Marketing men and an academic who took money to put his name to a press release. 🙂
Things will look up, Quercus. Keep writing! 🙂
Will do! 🙂
hope things improve.
If it’s any consolation, today was Moody Mondy for me…misery loves company.. loln🤣 I’m all good now though. ❤️
I was good, then disaster loomed, but now I’m back on track. 🙂
We all have those days for sure and if you read my Monday post you will feel in good company… lol. ❤️
I will look in. 🙂