I was driving into the city last Saturday. The sky was grey and dull. And it made me feel grey and dull, which wouldn’t have been helped by the fact that I had a relatively late night on Friday at the Guild of Agricultural Journalism awards. But it is a time of the year that I have never really liked – precisely because of dull, damp days like last Saturday. And I know I’m not the only one who suffers a bit of a mood swing at this time of the year.

I was scrolling through Facebook on Sunday and I came across a post from a Canadian journalist friend of mine. She put up a link to a study which showed that almost half of all Canadians struggle with some form of anxiety. That is quite the figure. And I thought Canadians were the most chilled people on the planet.