'Blue Monday' falls flat among San Antonians

Third Monday in January dubbed ‘most depressing day of the year’

Author: Myra Arthur, Reporter, Anchor, marthur@ksat.com
Published On: Jan 21 2013 10:03:15 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 22 2013 05:06:50 AM CST
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If you found yourself feeling a bit down on Monday, it might have been due to so-called “Blue Monday.” Or not.

Blue Monday was created as part of a marketing tool for a travel company using what some critics call pseudo-science to determine the most depressing day of the year.

Things like post-holiday withdrawal, debt and dreary winter weather were among the things factored in.

“The bills from December and the letdown from Christmas are coming in now,” said Psychiatrist Dr. Harry Croft. “You've already made all those resolutions, some of which you've found difficult to keep.”

Those things might get you down, said Croft, but calling this Blue Monday can often become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

“And guess what? It becomes a bad day,” he said. “And what happens next year? You remember what happened this year.”

Some folks around San Antonio couldn’t find too many reasons to feel blue on Blue Monday.

“Somebody screwed up this year!” said one Alamo visitor. “I’m not blue at all because I’ve got my grandbabies with me.”

“I’ve never even heard of Blue Monday, for one,” Jaime Hernandez said.

Depressing winter weather is not something San Antonio sees a lot of, so try planning something you can look forward to if you’re feeling down and dull after the holidays.

“I’ve got my kids with me, nieces and nephews. We came downtown, went to the Alamo, got some ice cream. It’s hardly blue,” said Hernandez.

And if you are dealing with post-holiday financial troubles or failed resolutions, make a solid plan to get back on track, said Croft.

“It is not written in stone that this has to be a bad, blue day,” said Croft.

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