Blue Monday – Most Depressing Day of the Year

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Tip for beating the blues

Have you heard of Blue Monday? Until recently, neither have I. According to my research, Blue Monday is suppose to be the most depressing day of the year. The date was calculated by Psychologist Cliff Arnall for a travel company to boost sales during the winter. The formula is based on factors such as weather conditions, debt level, time since Christmas, time since giving up on our New Year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action. According to the material I received from Weight Watchers, the first ever Blue Monday was January 24, 2005.

Blue Monday

If you’re having trouble keeping your New Year’s resolutions or if you’re starting to feel the blues, then you should check the video above. It was created for the readers of my dad blog by Dr. Gary Foster (Chief Scientific Officer at Weight Watchers).

Below are the questions I asked Dr. Gary Foster:

  • What are some good ways to achieve goals during the winter?
  • Is it normal to feel a little depress when you rarely see the sun in the gloomy winters of the Pacific Northwest?
  • What are some good ways to stay positive during the winter?
  • Why do brains gravitate towards food for comfort?
  • How do you keep from snacking late at night while watching TV?

Weight Watchers

About Dr. Gary Foster, Chief Scientific Officer at Weight Watchers

Dr. Foster is a psychologist, obesity investigator and behavior change expert with more than 160 scientific publications and three books on the etiology and treatment of obesity to his name. Dr. Foster’s research interests include the prevention, behavioral determinants, treatments, and effects of obesity in adults and children. He was previously the Director of the Center of Obesity Research and Education at Temple University in Philadelphia and served as a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In his role as Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Foster oversees Weight Watchers science-based program, all clinical research initiatives, and continued program advances.

[Disclosure: I will receive something for writing this blog post. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]

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