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Beat ‘Blue Monday’ with happiness workshop in Whitechapel

Researchers claim the third Monday of January is the most depressing day of the year (Ben Birchall/PA Wire) Researchers claim the third Monday of January is the most depressing day of the year (Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

Friday, January 17, 2014
2:00 PM

With Monday predicted to be the most depressing start to a week all year a London university has come up with a way to beat the blues.

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Keep some emergency cute handy to battle Blue Monday  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)Keep some emergency cute handy to battle Blue Monday (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The third Monday in January has gained a reputation for being the glummest as people, with Christmas long-since faded, struggle through to payday while trying to keep up with New Year detoxes and diets in the face of bad weather and credit card bills.

However, this year you can tackle ‘Blue Monday’ head on with advice from psychologist Dr Amy Harrison, lecturer at Birkbeck, who will be running a free workshop on how to improve your happiness and wellbeing.

Taking place tonight at the Idea Store Whitechapel, her top tips include making an effort to see the positives in everything, doing something nice for others like giving up your seat on public transport, and keep a picture of your loved ones or a cute cat handy to keep you perked up.

Dr Harrison says: “Many people might be surprised to hear that these small actions can have such a positive impact on mood.

“However, it’s worth a go – one thing that can be guaranteed is that if you don’t try anything different, things will stay the same.”

The event starts at 6.45, to book your place click here.

A mental health charity is also advising workers to dress brightly in a bid to combat ‘Blue Monday’.

Mental Health Research UK aims to raise awareness of depression and seasonal affective disorder with its annual campaign, ‘Blooming Monday’.

It is calling on people to dress in colourful clothing to highlight the plight of those who suffer from the conditions and to raise money for research into treatments.

To find out more about the campaign or to make a donation click here.

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