‘Feeling blue’ & ‘Blue Monday’

Feeling blue means feeling sad.

In reality, the phrase feeling blue was coined from a custom among many old deepwater sailing ships. If the ship lost the captain or any of the officers during its voyage, she would fly blue flags and have a blue band painted along her entire hull when returning to home port.

This blog was posted on Monday 15th January 2018 and it is officially Blue Monday, ‘the most depressing day of the year’.

Blue Monday is calculated using a series of factors in a (not particularly scientific) mathematical formula. The factors are: the weather, debt level, the amount of time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and the feeling of a need to take charge of the situation.

It was originally conceived by a PR company but has now become an annual event.

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