As Christmas and New Year celebrations come to an end and people head back to work, the January Blues have come forward in full force. Stress of increased financial pressure from Christmas debts and emotions running low from failed New Year’s resolutions, it is no surprise that many Britons are struggling with their mental health. This has been characterised by reports of increased isolation, social anxiety and indulgence in destructive vices over the Christmas period and into January.
The failure rate of most New Year’s resolutions is shocking; recent studies give a failure rate of between 75% and 85% before the end of January, while mid-February sees a drop-out rate of between 90-95%. Those who have a history of drug and alcohol addiction are at particular risk during the January Blues, as temptation to imbibe increases due to the inevitable emotional crash people feel after the festive season. Mental health treatment specialists Smart TMS now reveal the extent of the effect of January Blues on people across the country:
- 1 in 3 Brits (32%) report a significant decline in enjoyment and satisfaction at work
- 1 in 4 Brits (25%) said they find themselves regularly cancelling plans more often so they don’t have to interact with other people
- Almost 1 in 4 (24%) find even basic functions (e.g. sleeping, showering) more difficult
- Over half (58%) have witnessed a friend, family member or acquaintance experience a significant deterioration in mental and physical health as a result of alcohol, smoking or drug use
- 1 in 5 (25%) of Brits say they are too busy to see a medical professional regarding their mental health
Gerard Barnes, CEO of Smart TMS, said: “This time of year is difficult for so many people, and it is so important for people to be able to combat their mental health in their own way. Failed resolutions are not the end of the world; slow and steady really does win the race – some setbacks are okay. Making small but consistent improvements is both more realistic and more sustainable than attempting a total personal revolution.”