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 (d) 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.
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.So this was the message that I started my day with. Ironically I did not meet a lot of depressed people , nor was it raining ... a rare thing for Vancouver eh?... and I wasn't depressed either. I can understand that some people would find this time of year depressing. Snow, cold weather, illness, no holiday to break the monotony of the month...
The important thing to note is that depression is an emotion that we feel from time to time, but there is a difference between feeling depressed and having clinical depression.