BRITONS everywhere are expected to be feeling down as the “most depressing day of the year” grips the nation today.
And nowhere will the effect be felt more than in the North of England with Leeds and Manchester residents said to suffer worst from the January blues, according to a new poll.
Researchers have also claimed to have proof which indicates the time of year and the weather could really be affecting people’s mood. January 18 has been dubbed Blue Monday, following reports that it is the date on which the population is at its most melancholy.
It has previously been suggested it is the time of year when the weather is worst, debt levels are at their highest and the post-Christmas malaise is still hanging over people.
New research by the Co-op found that January is also when British people are feeling at their loneliest, with 26 per cent claiming it is the month they feel the most isolated.
On top of this, 87 per cent of the population also feel the weather has a direct influence on their mood, according to a poll from LeoVegas.com.
And it might not just be the gloomy skies bringing the country down, as the data also suggests around two-thirds (61 per cent) of people feel more depressed on their way to work. Manchester and Leeds topped its list of the places in the country which suffer worst from the January blues.
Supermarket giant Tesco is hoping to raise people’s spirits on Blue Monday by handing out free kiwis, apples, clementines and blueberries between 3.30pm and 5.30pm at stores across the country.