Beat Blue Monday

The third Monday of January is generally credited as being statistically the most depressing day of the year. In 2019 this is Monday 21st January. This is down to the fact that the excitement of Christmas and New Year is over, resolutions made at the beginning of the month are likely starting to fall apart now, credit card bills from festive expenses are coming due, and the weather is cold, dark and miserable. Add to that the delivery of GCSE mock exam results and the advancing final exam dates in May, and its easy to see why our students might be feeling blue around this time of year, but there are ways to tackle that and keep on top of things.

First and foremost, Blue Monday is a made up phenomenon and the fact that you are told that you are more likely to feel low on this single day is certainly no reason for it to be true. Neuroscientist Dean Burnett called the factors taken into account ‘arbitrary’, and said that, while January can be a not-particularly-sprightly month, the idea of Blue Monday is ‘ludicrous’.

If you are feeling overwhelmed at the thought of exams, we are here to help. We don't just give you work to do. Our tutors will help you to put together a study plan and guide you with what you can do to help your revision stick, plan for exams, and keep sane throughout. Take a look at our Study guide for a revision blueprint. We've all been there, and got through the other side, so we understand how it feels and what it takes.

If your depression is more than just a day, you're not alone, and there are lots of options. Your doctor can help you to find the right treatment plan for you. If you need someone to talk to, please call Samaritans on 116 123 or email for support.

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