updated 01/06/2014 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 01/06/2014 AT 4:00 PM ET
We’re nearly a week past New Year’s Day, but there’s another day of importance lurking just after the start of 2014: Blue Monday, or in this instance, January 6, deemed to be the most depressing day of the year as it marks the return to work after the holidays.
Researchers found that Tweets at this time of the month were more likely to express guilt about giving up their New Year’s resolutions, while drinks company Upbeat found complaints about the weather were also likely to increase.
But despite the odds not being in our favor, we’ve found a surefire way to beat the dread that allegedly accompanies this day: Pets! And below, we share that strategy with you.
There, see? All better.