Blue Monday: Why today is considered the most depressing day of the year

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NEW YORK — If you felt down in dumps this Monday, you are not alone.

Dubbed “Blue Monday,” is widely considered to be the most depressing day of the year.

The day, which falls on the third Monday in January, first came to be known in 2005.

It’s the product of a British travel agency that used a pseudo-mathematical formula that took a number of things into account including weather, the end of the holidays, debt because of those holidays and pressure to stick to your new years resolution.

“In some ways, winter is a good time for self examination,” licensed psychologist Dr. Buzz Von Ornsteiner told PIX11 News.

According to Von Ornsteiner, the weather plays a central role in determining your mood.

“The harsh winter sometimes reactivates our minds, where are we going, what are we doing, how’s that job? Is the job really where we want to be?“

When it comes to believing the hype behind a designated day that’s based on timely circumstances, its best to move at the beat of your own drum.

“People who have a need to complain or to vent or to be gloomy sometimes find like-minded people to be gloomy and vent with,” he said.

“If someone is telling you this is a day to be depressed – absolutely there’s going to be a percentage of people who are going to be affected by that. “