Thursday, January 22, 2009

Most Depressing Day of the Year

I don't know what was in the air yesterday, but my kids were HORRIBLE! I had a serious not-fun-no-patience day as a parent. I talked to two good friends whose children were also harder than usual. One of these friends informed me that January 21st is the most depressing day of the year.

I googled it. And she was sort of right! Have you heard of Blue Monday? Well, supposedly the Monday of the last full week in January is the most depressing day of the year. There are lots of factors...weather, debt (and our inability to pay it), time since Christmas, failed New Year's Resolutions, low motivation levels, etc. With the current economic state, this year's Blue Monday was supposedly the bluest Monday in history.

My Monday was actually pretty good. Wednesday? Not so good. But the good news...blue Monday, blue Wednesday, whatever...it's behind us. The rest of the year is in front of us. Things can only go up up up from here.

I'll be honest...I made a nice big chocolate cake to end my completely BLAH day (substituting canned pumpkin for oil...is it bad to pretend this makes the cake healthy?). I needed some serious comfort food. Am I alone here? Do you agree with the "Blue Monday" theory? How has your week been? How do you cope with not-so-good days?

7 comments:

Marci & Marcus said...

We had a pretty good day yesterday until after my kids naps and I realized that I needed a nap and so I just wanted to lay on the couch, rest, have my kids play nicely and leave me alone! Needless to say that didn't happen and resulted in a lot of yelling, crying and a headache. So then I really felt like crap and had to remind myself that they weren't being horrible just for fun, they wanted some attention. So while still laying on the couch I instructed them in a game of let's-clean-up-all-the-toys-in-the-front-room-so-we-can-play-another-game and they were so excited and with lots of encouragement they cleaned up a huge mess and then had room to play with their balls and then sing and dance to some of their favorite songs (ring around the rosie, the wheels on the bus, once there was a snowman, london bridges, etc.) So my crappy parenting turned into some good parenting with very little effort and the kids were beyond excited!

Evelyn and Art said...

That's funny, I looked it up yesterday as well. So, it's Blue Monday! My whole week has been blue!! Hey, but here's to a better week next week and it will get even better the next week(Right? Please say I'm right!! Woo hoo!!

Michael said...

Wednesday was my first day back in class after the break. It was definitely not the best day of the year.

Diane said...

Yesterday was DEFINITELY not my best day ever. I could use a chocolate cake. Does it work? Does the pumpkin make it healthy? Happy Thursday!

Kraucyk said...

We went to Disneyland... the "happiest" place on earth. It was a good day for us. No lines and great weather!

Kara said...

That was me LAST Thursday. Add to that a day of -20 something weather and cabin fever and it's a recipe for disaster. I made my girls, who normally all play so well, spend most of the day in separate rooms! (Me too:-)

Cindy said...

How does the cake taste with adding pumpkin instead of oil? I've never tried it.