The Return of Blue Monday

Published on 9 January 2023 at 12:39

The annual "Blue Monday" is upon us. This is the name given to the third Monday in January, coined as the most depressing day of the year. Blue Monday has been around since 2005, when a UK travel company claimed to have established the date through an “equation”.

Scientists dismissed the idea as baseless pseudo-science and it later transpired that it had been nothing more than a PR stunt by the travel company. But the term “blue Monday” dates way back to the 1830’s - American literature referred to the “hungover state” of the labour workforce after a weekend spent drinking and associated the colour blue with a depressed state of mind.

The term has stuck, though, and the third Monday of January has been awarded the gloomy title of “Blue Monday” thanks to a combination of post Christmas moodiness, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills!

The post-Christmas mood-dip and the weather may well affect us adversely, but depression is an everyday phenomenon for those who truly suffer, and those sufferers feel that trivialising it as a one day event only adds to their despair. But if we can use this day to raise awareness and open up a conversation about mental health, that can only be a good thing.

Depression is a real illness with real symptoms - it hijacks the mind and body, and it can affect individuals in many different ways, physically and emotionally.

Hypnosis can help.

Hypnosis is a therapeutic technique that can help you feel yourself again A research study concluded that 75% percent of depression sufferers fared better when receiving hypnosis, as well as cognitive behavioural therapy.

It can provide a mental roadmap which positively clarifies your view of the world and it can return to you your self- control.

Hypnosis can:

• reduce feelings of depression and anxiety

• improve coping ability

• calm the mind

• offer renewed hope

• return self-control

Hypnosis is wholly collaborative and begins with a conversation about what you would like to achieve. Together, we choose the correct approach to meet your individual needs. We can meet face-to-face in person, or online, but however we meet, remember that hypnosis can help you live in the now and create joy in your life again!