Blue Monday: Psychotherapist shares 3 simple tips to combat the most depressing date of the year – while some companies offer staff a day off if they’re too sad to work
Daily Mail says A psychotherapist has shared her top three tips to get you through this year’s ‘Blue Monday, which is said to be ‘the most depressing day’ in the calendar.
The idea was originally a marketing concept developed by Cliff Arnall in 2004 to ‘lift winter spirits’ and increase holiday bookings, but even though the day was manufactured, that doesn’t mean the January blues aren’t very real.
According to The Telegraph, certain companies are going as far as to give their staff time off if they’re too blue to work, such as James Thurlow-Craig, who is a director of a Hampshire-based agency, Creative Designs.
He told the publication: ‘Last year we [the team] went on a team bike ride, but this year we’re leaving people to their own devices. One of the team is doing charity work, while another is taking the dogs for a long walk.’
The chief executive of the PR firm Magic, Maj Hussain confessed he permits his employee to have Blue Monday off as a ‘mental health day’.