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March 2, 2022

Did Blue Monday get you down in January?

The third Monday of every January is also known as Blue Monday.

The origin or Blue Monday. Apparently, a university professor managed to precisely calculate the most depressing day of the year affecting mental health, by using many factors, including weather conditions, debt level (the difference between debt accumulated and our ability to pay), time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action.

Or did he? All may not be as it seems with this myth, as it turns out Blue Monday was in fact a PR stunt by a UK travel company after all.

How has the pandemic affected mental health?

Leaving Blue Monday aside, various factors can contribute to depression.

With the ongoing pandemic, loneliness has affected many people and has had a huge impact on physical and mental health.

Mental health

In January, we asked our community members, if Blue Monday was getting them down. A total of 66% of all respondents replied that their mental health suffered a lot during the pandemic. Interestingly though, a further 27% answered that they didn’t suffer from mental health problems such as depression.

The full results of the survey can be viewed on this infographic.

Blue monday
Information extracted from an internal survey conducted amongst 915 M3 members

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