Which part of the UK will be feeling the bluest this January?

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A survey of more than 1,000 people in the UK, carried out in December 2021, found that the people of Wales felt most likely to suffer from January Blues.

Over 23% of those surveyed in Wales said they expected to be affected by the January Blues in the New Year. However, participants in England had the next highest figure with 22.14% of people expecting to experience a mental slump in January, followed by Scotland (20.77%) and Northern Ireland (17.06%).

The survey, carried out by online Men’s Health specialist, From Mars, looked to find out how the people of the UK were feeling about the start of what is likely one of the toughest years in recent memory.

The January Blues affect many people and they hit hard after all the fun and festivity of the Christmas season. Entering the new year and getting back to the daily grind can make many people feel low, putting strain on relationships. The January Blues pack a further punch, with Blue Monday on 17th January 2022, which is said to be the most depressing day of the entire year.

There’s good news – the majority of the UK is feeling more optimistic

When you consider that the pandemic is still cycling through the country, that we’re experiencing a rise in the cost of living, and more households are navigating tougher financial conditions, it’s surprisingly positive, that only 22% of those polled said that they were expecting to feel the January Blues. This means 88% of the country have a more optimistic outlook, for what is traditionally the hardest month of the year on our mental health.

The survey found that the most resilient age group are the over 65’s, with just under 17% of survey participants saying they expected to feel down this January. At the other end of the spectrum, 27.71% of 18–24-year-olds surveyed said that the January Blues would likely affect them this year.

For couples feeling blue this January, From Mars came up with a list of ways to make your January a little less blue, and a little more exciting, including:

• Planning some indulgences with your partner every week

• Having a “Duvet Day” for two

• Enjoying a couples massage

• Taking invigorating cold showers together

• Reading a steamy novel, or a romantic tale together

FROM MARS offers a safe and discreet way for men to access free medical consultations with licensed doctors, and clinically proven treatments, online, making awkward and inconvenient Doctor’s visits a thing of the past, and delivering treatments discreetly by mail.