January Blues

Why is January known for being the most depressing month of the year?

Why is January known for being the most depressing month of the year?

If you’re in a cold climate, it could be the snow, the cold, the darkness.  But those in warm, sunny climates can feel “blah” too.

According to Mayo Clinic, the winter months can linger, and the stress from transitioning from the end of the year to the new year can affect your body in various ways, including feeling down for some time at the beginning of the year without necessarily knowing why. 

Signs of January Blues vary from: loss of interest in activities, low energy, sleeping too much, appetite changes, and even suicidal thoughts. While the blues don’t necessarily reach that severity, they are a branch of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Which is a form of depression that manifests with the changes of the season all year long, even in the summer. 

New Year’s resolutions are a great way to set goals, but they can also be harmful if pursued too vigorously. Setting standards for yourself that won’t show results till nearly the next year is completely normal. However, in a society somewhat entitled to immediate change, not achieving a goal by the first week of January can alter the perception once had about the year ahead, changing one’s attitude from hopeful to despair. 

Another theory is that Seasonal Depression stems from the lack of sunlight. Even in the Sunshine State, the Winter Solstice can interfere with daily life.  By the time most people are returning from their busy days, the sun has already set, leading many to feel the possibilities for the day are over. This could alter the person’s biological clock rhythm, causing people to sleep more than they usually would.  These can significantly decrease one’s mood and send one into a depressive state. 

In most cases, the blues wear off with time however, someone who suffers from other mental illnesses such as Chronic Depression, is more prone to January Blues turning into Seasonal Affective Disorder. 

It is important to reach out to friends, family, or mental health professionals if your depression intensifies.  There is help.  No one should be embarrassed or ashamed to seek help.  TMS Advantage offers medication free treatment for those with depression issues.  We offer complimentary consultations for those interested in learning more about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.  No pressure, just information!  Call today to schedule.  We serve those in the Tampa Bay region – Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Tampa, Trinity, Seminole, St. Petersburg, New Port Richey and more.

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