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January 24 Is the Most Depressing Day of the Year

If you’re feeling depressed today, you’re in good company! January 24 is supposedly the most depressing day of the year.

According to Dr. Cliff Arnalls, a British psychologist with Cardiff University, it’s almost like clockwork. A number of factors coincide to make January 24th “the perfect storm” when it comes to feeling down. According to Dr. Arnalls, an expert on seasonal disorders, a number of factors “line up” to give this date in late January this dubious distinction:


* While it is not technically the day with the least sunlight – that’s December 21st, the “Winter Solstice” – weather patterns often conspire in late January to deprive us of the sunlight we might otherwise enjoy.

* Christmas bills come due around this time, and – especially in this economy – that’s a harsh blow.

* Even those remarkable individuals who have faithfully stuck to their New Year’s resolutions for a few weeks, are now beginning to falter.

All in all, these forces coalesce around January 24th to leave a remarkable number of us feeling “down in the dumps.”

In a twisted sort of way, that means I will feel good on January 24. Because I’m SUPPOSED to feel bad, which will create less pressure for me to feel happy, like say on the first warm spring day.

For some pointer on getting through today (and the next two months), consult 12 Winter Depression Busters.

Good luck!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Julie

    Thank god I have a counselor appointment today!

  • Wendy Love

    Thanks for that reminder! It is a particularly dreary icy day in Ontario today. I reviewed your ‘winter depression busters’ list as well and it reminded me of things I already know but had sort of temporarily forgotten! So, to cheer up the dreariness around my house today I have turned on a lot of lights and put an old Neil Diamond CD on at high volume. Things are picking up already. Your reminder was just what I needed to put into action some of my strategies today.

  • Amber Lisa

    It was actually, yesterday, January 23, 2012, where I felt like, “Ugh! I can’t take it anymore!” Today was a good day. YAY! What a month and two weeks to go, give or take a week? Yes!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment alterEgo

    Aha absolutely true, it wasn’t the best day. Winter depression is already here.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Margaret

    Trying to work with quirky brain chemistry AND fighting the forces of nature.

    EEK !!! Are we having fun yet????

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment John

    So glad to know it is depression day. Once again, I assumed it is just “Me”.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Suzee Q

    Not at all true to my husband and myself…
    We had our 31st. anniversary, on that date!!!
    It was a great day for us.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jordan

    My birthday is on this year so the British idiot who came with this nonsense should die

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