Did you have a sh*t day today?
You know, one of those real stinkers where nothing really went wrong, but nothing seemed to go right either.
You just felt irked; things were harder than they should be, and everyone was getting on your nerves for reasons you cannot explain nor can be bothered exploring. They JUST. DID.
Yes, I’m talking to you, man on the bus chewing his gum too loudly.
We really hope you didn’t have a terrible day by the way, but if you did – there’s actually an explanation for it.
So please, feel free to wallow away in your bad mood to your heart’s content.
You’re allowed to.
Because today is Blue Monday – the 24-hours dubbed by a Welsh academic as officially the most depressing day of the year.
Yes. It’s a thing.
Dr Cliff Arnall even devised an actual equation 10 years ago which proves the third Monday in January is the worst day of the year.
Why someone would actually want to spend their time figuring that out is beyond us, but it actually makes sense.
There are brown, sad-looking former Christmas trees in garbage bins on your street. You’re flat out of cash as the end of the month looms, living off baked beans and water. Your summer tan is fading as natural sunlight and sandy beaches have been swapped-out for artificial office light and hard-backed chairs.
Maybe some of the work you neglected at the end of the year in the run-up to holidays has suddenly come back to bite you, and your enthusiasm to fulfil your resolutions is very quickly dwindling as you realise that dieting is boring and exercise is… sweaty.
Your day at work with and without a hangover. Post continues after video.
On top of all that, with the fun festive buzz in the air gone, the collective bad moods of all the people around you have kind of melded together to become one big, brow-furrowed soup.
Suddenly, your life looks very different from the countless prawns and glasses of champagne you greedily consumed over Christmas with your friends and family – who might even be miles away from you now if you travelled home for the holidays.
Being back to reality has hit you like a ton of Tupperware containers that you’re using to bring lunch to work everyday in an effort to save money.
We all feel it, and according to Dr Arnall, it’s because maths: