The new year celebrations are over, and the holidays are long gone. It's that time when the question on everyone's mind seems to be: "now what?"
It's an odd time of year, that's for sure.
We're right in the middle of winter, there are no cute holidays or parties to distract us, and it seems like the only thing we have to look forward to is the summer which isn't going to be here anytime soon.
So if you've been feeling crappy lately, you're not the only one.
This time of year is so depressing that one company even attempted to prove it pseudo-scientifically.
They found that the 3rd Monday of January (Monday, January 21) is the most depressing day of the year, which is why it has been dubbed: Blue Monday
So what's so depressing about today?
Well right off the bat, it's a Monday, so that automatically makes it a little crappier than a normal day. Plus, vitamin D levels are at an all time low, people are still broke from the holidays, and we're about half-way between Valentine's Day and the day of the year you're statistically most likely to be dumped (December 11).
But the real formula for calculating this day comes from a man named Cliff Arnall who is life coach and a "happiness consultant".
Arnall also takes into account debt, lack of motivation, the amount of time that has passed since Christmas, and the fact that people have usually given up on their new years resolutions by now.
It may have started as a PR stunt, but people have been embracing it as a real thing and it has become sort of a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The best tips to survive Blue Monday is to stay distracted, don't think about it too much and most of all, remember that it isn't actualy real.