January 18, 2016 8:18 am
Updated: January 18, 2016 8:21 am

Breakfast Buzz: Are you feeling the winter blues?

Are you feeling a bit 'blue' today? According to experts, don't blame Blue Monday for your winter blues.

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SASKATOON – Are you feeling a bit ‘blue’ today? Well, according to experts, don’t blame Blue Monday!

The theory that the third Monday in January is the most depressing day of the year is a myth, dating back to 2005 when a travel company wanted to encourage more people to take January vacations.

READ MORE: Blue Monday myth, Calgarians fight the January ‘blahs’

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According to the Centre for Suicide Prevention in Calgary, the Blue Monday myth leads to a misunderstanding about genuine mental illness, because suicide and depression rates are the same throughout the year.

“But the difference between the winter blahs, the January blahs and depression is huge,” said Mara Grunau, Calgary’s Centre for Suicide Prevention. “We don’t want to trivialize depression. When we talk about depression, clinical depression or a  major depressive disorder, people facing that face that all the time. It’s not something that can be cured with a new pair of shoes or a sunny holiday.”

That said, some people might be feeling the effects of the polar vortex bringing down temperatures. Today on the Breakfast Buzz we want to know if you are feeling the January blahs.

Tell us how you fight the winter blues, and watch Global Saskatoon Morning News at 7:55 a.m. CT to see if we pull up your comment.

With files from Carolyn Kury de Castillo

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