Unhappy new year: January is worst month for couples as two thirds have broken up over 'winter blues'
Short days, miserable weather and a lack of cash.
It's no wonder January is the worst month for couples.
Average Brits argue rise to an average of eight minutes a day during the month – and two thirds have broken up with a lover at the start of the year, research has revealed.
The January blues means people spend 15 hours a day at home – causing 'cabin fever'.
Cabin fever: Staying indoors and lack of sunlight in January leads couples to argue more, on average 20 times during the month
If they are strong enough to stick at it
couples will waste four hours in the month fighting – but for some the
idea of the tough month was so bad they broke up as part of a New Years
Behavioural Psychologist Donna Dawson said: 'Cabin Fever is a real phenomenon that takes place during the dark winter months, particularly January.
'The lack of sunlight can make us feel lethargic and depressed, and the lack of exercise and the fact that we are cooped up in a stuffy, centrally-heated house can make us feel edgy, irritable and stressed.
'Add boredom to the mix, alongside any financial issues and too much empty time with our partners, and you have the perfect recipe for arguments and consequent break-ups.'
The study of over 1,000 Brits by Sheilas’ Wheels home insurance found that long hours at home result in 20 arguments with their other halves during the month.
48 per cent and almost half of Brits said January was the most depressing month of the year
Compared with the 14 hours and 48 minutes a day in January that they spend cooped up during the summer months people spend just ten hours and five minutes at home and couple have just 16 arguments.
Over two thirds of Brits blamed the weather for wanting to spend more time indoors, while 65 per cent said it was the lack of daylight and a third said they were tightening their belts after Christmas.
As a result nearly half of those questioned cut down on the number of friends they see in January, while a third also claimed they neglect their family.
The January blues struck 38 per cent with under 25s being the worst hit at 48 per cent and almost half of Brits said January was the most depressing month of the year.
After they dragged themselves from under the covers, with 59 per cent saying January was the most difficult month to get out of bed, 38 per cent started and finished work in the dark.
But one in five confessed to giving up all together and pulling a ‘sickie’.
Because of the dark times 65 per cent have ended a relationship in January and seven per cent even confessed that they had broken up with someone as part of a New Year’s resolution.
Jacky Brown at Sheilas’ Wheels home insurance said: 'The miserable weather, dark nights and lack of cash means we’re spending more time at home during January and this can put a strain on our relationships.
'Getting regular exercise, arranging to see friends and family and taking up a new hobby can all help to keep spirits high during January.'
Londoners spend the most amount of time arguing with their partners in January at 24 arguments, averaging 13 minutes each day compared to those in the North East who spend just two minutes arguing each day.