Monday 20 January is the calendar’s gloomiest day according to Psychologist Dr Cliff Arnal. Here are tips which can be used as a springboard for better things….

Bob Geldof KBE sung about his dislike for Mondays in the classic Boomtown Rats’ hit. 'I don't like Mondays' It’s safe to say then, Bob REALLY wouldn’t like Monday 20 January!

Psychologist Dr Cliff Arnall has identified the date as being the most depressing day of the year.

And here’s why Dr Arnall came to his conclusion.

  1. The weather this time of year is usually rubbish.
  2. The Christmas feelgood factor is long gone and the credit card bills from the festive period start arriving.
  3. Add to that a lot of us have broken our new year resolutions and the long summer days and evenings seem far, far away.

But it need not be all doom and gloom – here are seven super simple things you can do to lift your mood – not just now, but at any time of the year.

  • Listen to a song you love.
  • Get outside in the fresh air. Bromley and the south of London has plenty of green space to walk around.
  • Have a tidy up.
  • Treat yourself to something nice – a cake, a book or a day out.
  • Call your best friend.
  • Do something nice for someone else with no expectation of getting something back.
  • Get up, dress up and list three things you are grateful for.
  • If the above fails, you can always put a note in your phone/calendar/diary looking forward to Friday 17 July which according to Dr A’s formula is the happiest day of the year.

At Edward Ashdle we take pride when we see smiles on peoples faces and doing our bit to add some cheer to the community in Bromley and South London.

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