Bollocks to Blue Monday

  •  PaulR
  •  14/01/2021
  •  News

Our Gig Buddies are a massive inspiration to us all in these difficult times. By being creative about how to connect, Gig Buddies are creating a whole new social scene and ways to have a life and a laugh. Your good vibes, tips, ideas and reviews of good times will inspire us all.

This is how we’re drawing on the inspiration of our Gig Buddies and using that to say a big ‘Bollocks to Blue Monday’.

It is claimed that Blue Monday (18th January) is the most depressing day of the year. From doing a little research it appears the concept ‘Blue Monday’ was first used in a report published by a well known holiday company in 2005. They used an ‘equation’ to arrive at the date 18th January and many scientists say it’s based on nonsense.

We don’t want to deny that many of us are feeling low at the moment and for many people this is a particularly difficult time. The academic who put his name to ‘Blue Monday’ (Cliff Arnall) originally claimed that the original intention of it was “to inspire people to take action and make bold life decisions”.

However, it now seems to have become a day where the media become obsessed with trying to make us feel even more depressed, or companies use it as an excuse to try and get out of that depression with a bit of retail therapy.

Poor mental health is something that affects people all year round, not just one day a year.

Cliff Arnall now campaigns actively against the term Blue Monday and we’re joining him in saying ‘Bollocks to Blue Monday’.

Instead what we’re going to be doing is reaching out to our brilliant Gig Buddies community of people and asking them what little things they’ve been doing to support each other through the lockdown and keep their spirits up.

Here’s a brilliant example from Angee and Daniel. They’re a couple of Gig Buddies who’ve been watching TV programmes at the same time, phoning each other in the adverts and just being good mates.

It’s not about big complicated things, it’s about small little things but which still hold a huge amount of importance and significance.

So let’s remember the true meaning of Blue Monday. It’s a bloody brilliant dance record from the 1980s and the biggest selling 12” single of all time.

If you are a pair of Gig Buddies who’ve found small fun ways to connect over lockdown we’d love to hear from you and share what you’ve been doing too.

For more advice and information about maintaining good mental health please go to a charity like Mind or Rethink. Don’t get advice on it from a travel company!

 

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