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Today considered most depressing day of the year

By Bo Koltnow, Reporter, BKoltnow@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 06 2014 03:45:13 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 06 2014 04:36:06 PM CST

This is the first full work week of the year, and if that has you down, you're not alone.

This is the first full work week of the year, and if that has you down, you're not alone.

Mon., Jan. 6, 2014, is considered to be the most depressing day of the year, based on an analysis by British researchers of more than two million tweets on Twitter from the past three Januaries.

"I don't think a certain day has to determine your mood," said Hannah Belville.

Eagles fans may disagree, but factors that can make people feel like they got stuck with a post-holiday lump of coal include time since Christmas, failed new year resolutions, amount of debt and the weather.

Dr. Robert Gordon, a psychologist, admitted people do feel down this time of year, but he said there's a big difference between being sad and being depressed.

"For clinical depression, you need medication. You're severely down, low self-esteem, sense of pessimism that lasts weeks, months and years," he said.

Gordon said lack of sunlight can make you blue, too. So to scrub the glum, we found advice from those who aren't on board with the British and their bad mood day.

"Get together with some friends. Have a little party. Just for fun, go out and do something different," Peter McConnell said.

"Just jack it up. It's a new year. Get going," Wes Kimball added.

"Remember, tomorrow is always another day," Greg Lamb cheerfully advised.

Daylight Savings Time is only two months away.