January 12 (today!) is the most depressing day of the year, according to Dr. David Lewis, a British psychologist, who blames financial and health reasons for our general malaise. According to him, this day falls right around the time when people are back to work, worrying about money after Christmas, and coping with ugly winter weather. By Jan. 12, New Years’ resolutions have generally fallen to the wayside, so we feel like a bunch of quitters, too. Not to mention, it’s a Monday.
Dr. Lewis isn’t the first expert claiming to have found the “most depressing day,” but most seem to agree that it falls somewhere in January, making this by consensus the worst month ever. The psychologist suggests taking a hot bath to improve your mood—that, and buckling down till the next stat holiday, which is as soon as next month in some provinces; in others, it’s as far away as Easter.