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You've heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard of Blue Monday? Typically falling on the third Monday in January, it's often called "the most depressing day of the year." While the year is still in its infancy at that point, there's a great deal you can do to fight off those seasonal blues.
There are many different elements at play when it comes to Blue Monday. By mid-January, most people are starting to receive their credit card bills from holiday spending sprees. The ensuing accumulation of debt, coupled with pressure to keep those resolutions made for the new year, can often combine to make people feel "down in the dumps." When you factor in the cloudy, cold, and dreary weather that much of the country will battle in January, it's easy to see how Blue Monday might be called the most depressing day of the year by many people.
If you are prone to any type of depression, take note of the following techniques to help fight it this Blue Monday, as well as any other day you might feel blue:
Being aware of the combination of factors that can influence your mood on Blue Monday -- and any day -- means you can be ready to combat its effects, and help those around you to do the same. Use the above strategies anytime you're feeling down, they don't just apply to January!