Does your mood feel heavier at the beginning of the week and lighter by the end?

This is what’s called, the Blue Monday Effect.

The claim is that the third Monday in January is an especially difficult time, when our mood could be affected by the dark days and cold nights.

Every year, the Blue Monday campaign raises awareness about the importance of connecting with others and sharing time to chat when things might be difficult. Recently, the Samaritans re-branded Blue Monday to Brew Monday to encourage the idea that we can feel low at any time not just on a particular day.

When we are feeling low, sharing a problem with someone else can give support and an insight into a situation that’s troubling us. Research shows that talking can help people recover from depression and cope better with stress.

If you find you are struggling and feeling low, Talking Therapies (IAPT) offer free help and guidance.

A previous Talking Therapies patient said,

 “I am very grateful with the help I got from this service. It gave me ideas and encouragement to face the situation and face the future more confidently."

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