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Feeling glum? You’re not alone - today is officially the most miserable day of the year.

As temperatures plunge, clocks go back and with government cuts set to bite, millions of Britons are slumping into a gloomy mood, according to a new study out yesterday.

Researchers found that 66 per cent feel depressed as workers around the country struggle to come to terms with the dark winter days.

Glasgow leads the league of miserable cities, followed by Newcastle, Sheffield, Cardiff and London, while the most upbeat people are likely to be found in Southampton, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Leeds.


Nearly half of Britons (47 per cent) claim to hate this time of the year and a further 48 per cent admitted feelings of depression make them feel more tired during the winter months.

Fifty-one per cent of workers admitted they will spending more time in front of the television or computer at home as the nights draw in.

And 13 per cent slump so much in the days following the clocks change that they admit to being less productive at work. Worryingly for company productivity, 41 per cent admit to spending more time on social media such as Facebook as they adjust to the darker days.

When questioned about exactly what they missed about the summer months, more than half of the 2,000 people surveyed said the long hours of sunlight.

The figures emerged in a study by the Canary Islands tourist board.

Nancy Sorrell, model and travel show presenter, is fronting the tourist board's campaign for Britons to get more light in their life. She said: 'The winter blues are no joke. They can affect your work performance by making you unable to concentrate and carry out your normal routine, your relationship by affecting your libido, and your social life by making you feel irritable and antisocial.

'If these all ring bells then you may be a sufferer and should consider ways you can get more light into your life over winter.'

The study also revealed Britons are hitting the bottle in increasing numbers with eight per cent reporting that they drink more alcohol to get through dark days.

Another 26 per cent turn to old fashioned remedies such as cod liver oil, herbal supplements and spirituality to combat the depression that winter can bring.

More than half (56 per cent) said they actively tried to fight the winter blues through methods such as taking medication like vitamin D supplements or experimenting with light therapy.

And nearly 26 per cent of respondents will be booking a foreign holiday to stave off those cold and dark winter mornings. Miss Sorrell said: 'The results of this survey show that the lack of light during the winter months in the UK does have a major impact on health and productivity.'

Most miserable cities: 1 Glasgow 2 Newcastle 3 Sheffield 4 Cardiff 5 London Least miserable cities: 1 Southampton 2 Nottingham 3 Edinburgh 4 Liverpool 5 Leeds


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