Oddly enough, because of the "misery loves company" effect, this makes me feel better:
How are you feeling today? Chances are, not that great...
Because this morning you woke up on what has come to be known as ‘Blue Monday’ - the day of the year on which most of us feel at our lowest ebb.
There is indeed not much going for the third Monday of the year.
f you struggled with travel chaos this chilly morning, that will only have added to the woes that come from feeling poorer after an expensive Christmas and minimal hours of daylight.
Added to failed New Year’s resolutions, a general drop in motivation, and the summer far away in the future, you could be forgiven for not wanting to get out of bed at all.
The story makes much of the negative mood effects of the limited hours of daylight, maybe too much. We've already had our shortest day of the year on the winter solstice, and it's getting dark just enough later to be noticeable, and that's sort of uplifting. I think the bleak mood around this time is mostly just because it's now that winter seems like it will never end. February may be a worse month when it comes to actual snow and cold, but at least we can sense March lurking around the corner.