Brace yourself for the gloomiest day of the year

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Brace yourself for the gloomiest day of 2013 next week. Monday January 21, also known as Blue Monday, is alleged to be the most depressing day of the year thanks to a number of factors including poor weather conditions, low motivation and time elapsed since Christmas.

In fact, the lack of natural daylight at this time of year may provide the source of much of this low motivation and is perhaps the real key to beating the winter blues.

A recent survey by Anglian Home Improvements into the impact of reduced daylight over the winter months found that a huge 76% of those asked within East Anglia said the reduction in daylight over the winter months has a negative effect on their mood.

Meanwhile, 72% of East Anglian respondents said the reduction in daylight at this time of year has an effect on their overall sense of wellbeing, with 73% finding it harder to get motivated during the winter.

Startling statistics – especially as there are still more than two months to go before we reach British Summer Time.

Melanie McDonald, Head of Marketing and Communications at Anglian Home Improvements, says, “The survey shows a clear link between natural daylight, mood and motivation. Many of Anglian’s customers have told us they feel happier in the winter after installing a conservatory as they can spend time watching what’s going on in the garden and make the most of the available daylight, so it’s encouraging to learn that little changes – like making sure you sit near a window or somewhere with as much natural light as possible – can make a big difference to how we feel and cope with winter.”

So keep your spirits up on Blue Monday and beyond by ensuring you get as much natural light exposure as possible, even if you’re indoors. For those with a well-insulated conservatory that is easily done but if not, sitting by a window can also make a big difference to your wellbeing and productivity.