Blue Monday – interview with dr Joanna Krawczyk
In 2004, the travel agency Sky Travel asked the British psychologist Cliff Arnall to pick the most depressing day in a year with the help of scientific data. His research included meteorological, psychological, and economic factors. After considering all variables, it was discovered that people experience the greatest sadness on the third Monday in January. While his thesis has not been scientifically proven, as he used imprecise calculation parameters, his proposed name “Blue Monday” has been widely used in, among others, the marketing campaigns of many companies and enterprises.
Is Blue Monday actually the worst day in a year for us? How do we cope with the most depressing day at work or at the university? Dr Joanna Krawczyk, from the Department of Clinical Psychology and Health from the Institute of Psychology of the University of Wrocław, explains how we can improve our mood on that special day. She also discusses some of the signs that can help in acknowledging someone’s bad mood, or symptoms of depression, and ways to provide them with much-needed support. We strongly encourage you to listen to her talk!
At the same time, we would like to remind you that at our university you can always contact the Psychological Counselling Centre if you need any type of help, support, or solution to individual problems. More information: https://uwr.edu.pl/…/psychological-counselling-centre/.Additionally, the Institute of Psychology houses the Psychological Counseling Consultation Laboratory, which is run by fourth- and fifth-year students in clinical psychology. More information: http://www.pkip.psychologia.uni.wroc.pl/. In the near future, a third counselling center will be opened that specializes in helping people who are struggling with suicide issues. Each counselling centre is aimed at the entire academic community, and can be used by both students and postgraduates students (Psychological Counseling Centre), as well as university staff (Psychological Counseling Consultation Laboratory).
Translated by Katarzyna Olejarz (student of English Studies at the University of Wrocław) as part of the translation practice.