Low mood and the January blues

Monday 17 January 2022
While we know ‘Blue Monday’ is a myth and that we can experience low mood or depression at any time, it is true many of us can struggle with our mental wellbeing in the winter months.
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There are countless reasons why this might be the case – each as individual as any one of us. It might be triggered by financial worry post Christmas; a recent survey found that we are 28% more concerned about our finances in January 2022 compared to a typical month.

Equally, it may be caused by health anxiety, bereavement, heartbreak, stress at work, or illness – Covid or otherwise. Digital mental health service Kooth has seen a marked and continued increase in the prevalence of many of these presenting issues since the pandemic first hit. 39% of adults completing mental health questionnaires on the platform last year reported feeling down, depressed, or hopeless nearly every day – a 28% increase from the previous year.

It’s also important to note that there could be no obvious reason at all for low mood.


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