Yesterday was officially recognised as Blue Monday – allegedly the most depressing day of the year.

Having spent all their money over Christmas and in the sales, and waiting anxiously for the next pay day, it’s hardly surprising that a lot of people are suffering from depression.

Add on factors such as the cold weather and the fear of debts, and you have a formula pretty much guaranteed to see a drop in motivation.

Most people, however, are unconvinced that one specific day can be pinpointed as a source of misery, but that the winter in general is a joyless time.

“It’s absurd,” said Tony O’Neill, 56, of Bakersfield. “Every Monday is a blue Monday.”

“No. I didn’t know about it. But life is too short to be miserable” said Holly Wheat, 22, of Selston.

Dave Chambers, 47, of Aspley, agreed that it was a fairly miserable day.

“Yes. I can believe that. There are quite a lot of depressed people around at the moment” he said.

The Blue Monday phenomenon didn’t go unnoticed by Sky salesman Justin Woolley, 25, of Nottingham.

“Yes. We definitely experienced that,” he said. “No-one wanted to buy Sky yesterday. But today is still Blue Tuesday.”

Dawn Page, 53, of Nottingham, also thought that it was a noticeably bad day.

“Yes. That’s the day a letter from the bank lands on your doormat telling you that you are overdrawn,” she said.

In the end  though, it is up to you how you get through the day. It doesn’t necessarily have to be the most depressing day of the year. It might just be a good idea to keep calm and carry on.