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Battling Blues with the Barbell

Blue Monday is the name given to the third Monday of January that is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year. Below we detail what it is and how a barbell can be utilised in the battle against the winter blues.

Battling Blues with the Barbell

The Blue Monday concept was coined by Psychologist Cliff Arnall in 2004. Arnall developed a formula that considered many aspects of the new year that can affect a person’s mental health, including; weather, debt, monthly salary, time passed since Christmas, non-fulfilled New Year resolutions and low motivational levels.

January is often considered the most depressing month of year. Research conducted by iReach Insights found that 56% of people in Ireland believe that January is the most depressing month, and that 51% of people under the age of 34 feel low and deflated following Christmas. The days are shorter, the weather is cold and wet and many of us have already given up on our New Year resolutions.

Combating Blue Monday

We have several weightlifting related tips and general advice on how to combat the effects of January that will offer the best ways to protect your general wellbeing in the New Year.

  1. Sunlight - Natural light helps stabilise serotonin and triggers endorphins, both mood-boosting hormones. Try to get outside as much as you can during the day to give your wellbeing a positive boost.
  2. Exercise – A good weightlifting workout such using a barbell or free weights will boost endorphins and leave you feeling calmer and happier.
  3. Be sociable - The biggest mistake people can make is to shut themselves off from the rest of the world until February. You could go to the gym with friends, have a movie night, or keep in contact with relatives on social media.
  4. Set achievable targets - If your New Year’s resolutions are losing their appeal by mid-January, why not set yourself a completely unrelated mini goal to achieve on Blue Monday? You’ll end the day with a sense of achievement and you just might remember why you set those bigger, long-term resolutions on New Year’s Eve.


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