A British holiday company has calculated the Monday of the last full week of January is the bluest day of the year.

Taking into account the bad weather, dark mornings and evenings, post-Christmas debts and failing to keep New Year's resolutions the conclusion has been reached that the Monday of the last full week of January is the most depressing day of the year.

Psychologist Maureen Gaffney offers some comfort to people feeling depressed,

If this is the worst day of the year, then it’s nearly over.

Tips on how to beat the January blues range from wearing bright colours to having a good laugh. But for some some people having an after work drink, chasing the blues is mind over matter.

It can be a little but iffy, but look forward to your holidays, and get your holidays over with, and enjoy yourself.

It might also help to remember that Lá Fhéile Bríde or Saint Brigid's Day celebrated on 1 February, marks the first day of spring. If that does not help, it is only 336 days to Christmas.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 22 January 2007.