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What is Blue Monday and tips for military families to get through it

It’s January, the holidays are over, it’s bitterly cold and to top it all off, it’s a Monday. If today feels particularly depressing to you, there’s a carefully crafted formula to explain why.

Dubbed as “Blue Monday,” according to Dr. Cliff Arnall, a psychologist and former lecturer at Cardiff University, the third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year.

Although it is yet to be scientifically proven, Arnall came up with an equation to calculate this unfortunate day based on weather, post-Christmas debt, failing on New Year’s resolutions and low motivation levels.

Many experts view the formula and the day itself skeptically. However, organizations like the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health are taking no chances and have published Blue Monday Survival Guides.

The CAMH recommends that individuals take small meaningful steps such as getting proper sleep, maintaining a healthy diet, being active and monitoring spending habits can all contribute to a more positive and happier you.

If nothing else, Blue Monday can serve as a reminder of how important it is to take stock of our mental health.

If you are feeling depressed and are a military member or military spouse the following resources are available:

Canadian Armed Forces Mental Health Services

The Member Assistance Program: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 1-800-268-7708 | (Teletypewriter) 1-800-567-5803

The Family Information Line: 1-800-866-4546 (North America)

Veterans Affairs Canada’s Assistance Service, a 24-hour toll-free help line (1-800-268-7708) or TDD (1-800-567-5803).

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MIshall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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