Monday, January 24, 2005

Worst day of the year?

I have to admit I felt lousy today. I don't like Mondays as it is, but my gut was doing some 'house-cleaning'. I tried all the remedies so far except Maalox. That is coming next so I think. I am trying to keep busy and all. I took a shower and was standing at the sink and just had a funny feeling go through me. I sure hope whatever isn't happy in there has moved out!
My friend just wrote in my MSN group about the 24th being the worst day of the year. Isn't this a young year though? I guess they mean 'the season' of winter. Her BBC blip was full of math and my head was spinning. Thanks for sharing Charlotte...

Misery is expected to peak on Monday, as 24 January has been pinpointed as the worst day of the year. January has been long regarded as the darkest of months, but a formula from a part-time tutor at Cardiff University shows it gets even worse this Monday. Foul weather, debt, fading Christmas memories, failed resolutions and a lack of motivation conspire to depress, Cliff Arnalls found. GPs say reading up on depression and exercise are ways to beat winter blues. "Yes, we do see lots of people with depression and anxiety in the winter months. "The message is it's not a terrible disorder, people do get better," Dr Alan Cohen told BBC News. JANUARY BLUES DAY FORMULA 1/8W+(D-d) 3/8xTQ MxNA. Where: W: Weather D: Debt T: Time since Christmas Q: Time since failed quit attempt M: General motivational levels NA: The need to take action "Exercise and bibliotherapy - reading a number of books to allow people to understand their own symptoms and how to control them," were initial treatments, he said. The formula for the day of misery reads 1/8W+(D-d) 3/8xTQ MxNA. Where W is weather, D is debt - minus the money due on January's pay day - and T is the time since Christmas. Q is the period since the failure to quit a bad habit, M stands for general motivational levels and NA is the need to take action and do something about it. GPs say exercise will boost spirits Dr Arnalls calculated the effects of cold, wet and dark January weather after the cosiness of Christmas coupled with extra spending in the sales. He found 24 January was especially dangerous, coming a whole month after Christmas festivities. Any energy from the holiday had worn off by the third week of January, he said. By Monday, most people will have fallen off the wagon or abandoned the nicotine patches as they fail to keep New Year's resolutions. That compounds a sense of failure and knocks confidence needed to get through January. The fact that the most depressing day fell on a Monday was not planned but a coincidence, he said. BBC news


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