Ever heard of Blue Monday? Would you believe, Blue Monday was first publicised in 2005 as part of a press release from a company called Sky Travel? While their marketing department may have received kudos for a job well done, unfortunately, the formula around it is bogus. That said though, January Blues are common and very real.
Blue Monday is the concept that there is one day of the whole year that can be classed as the most depressing day. The first press release circulated about Blue Monday was published under the name of Cliff Arnall, who at the time was a tutor in a further education centre which was attached to Cardiff University. However, a short time after its release, Cardiff University distanced themselves from Arnall, who had by then left the university, where he was a part-time tutor.
In 2018, according to the Independent, Arnall said that it was “never his intention to make the day sound negative.” He had intended to “inspire people to take action and make bold life decisions”
Blue Monday was a clever marketing campaign, but its theory does have some sense to it. Traditionally, January can be a tough month. There are so many things that can affect us just after a holiday season. From going back to work, to dealing with the few extra pounds that you may have gained from the holidays. It is also a time when we think about our financial situation and career.
Dealing with Blue Monday
So how does one best deal with Blue Monday? Firstly, it is important to point out that you are not on your own in feeling blue. January is a strange month and the good news is that for many people, the dark clouds lift quietly quickly. In fact, for some people, it doesn’t actually happen.
Mental well-being is of utmost importance for everybody. It’s important to take stock of the great things about you and about what’s in your life.
If your career is the reason for feeling blue, then take Blue Monday as a day to do something about it.
Career Change – more common than ever
Changing career is more common than ever. In fact, the Bureau of Labour Statistics in the USA reckons that people change careers once every 4 years. Compare this to a couple of decades ago when a job was for life. With online learning, we’ve never had it so good before in terms of what and how we learn. It’s a great time to get the skills that we need to shake off any Blue Monday.
If you have been thinking about a change in career to software development, now is the best time to act. Salaries are high. This is because of a global shortage of developers, which means there are thousands of unfilled software developer jobs.
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