Banish the lows this Blue Monday with our top tips on kip, food and exercise — plus £9.50 holidays are back


IF you’ve got the Monday morning blues you’re not alone.

Today is known as “Blue Monday” — officially the most depressing day of the year.

 Here are our top hacks to help you get through Blue Monday

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Here are our top hacks to help you get through Blue MondayCredit: Getty Images – Getty

It is supposedly because we’re all broke, cold and our new year resolutions have all bitten the dust.

If you are down in the dumps here are some bargain ways to keep your chin up . . .

Berry nice: Nibbling blueberries and strawberries could make you feel better, thanks to their high levels of antioxidants and ability to reduce levels of stress hormone, cortisol.

A bag of Morrisons’ Fozen Wonky Berry Mix is £3.25 for 1kg — a bag of “normal” berries would set you back £4 for 1kg.

Dark chocolate is a natural mood booster, get Bellarom Premium Dark Chocolate 74%, 79p at Lidl — a steal compared to Green & Black’s, which is £2 from Waitrose.

SAVING: 75p on 1kg of berries, £1.21 on chocolate

Sweat it out: Exercise is key to lifting your spirits and a daily, brisk walk can do just that.

If you want a bigger challenge, then you can sign up to PureGym and pay no joining fee and get half-price membership for the first month — monthly membership fees vary, use code SAVEHALF at puregym.com.

SAVING: 50% on gym membership

Chuckle lovers: If you need a guaranteed mood-booster, drop into a comedy show.

Groupon.co.uk has offers including tickets to the LOL comedy club, with various locations for just £10.50 each, down from £20.80.

SAVING: £10.30

Napping happy: A full eight-hour kip can certainly raise spirits. But, if you are like me, it’s not always possible.

This Works Pillow Spray, £19.50, from FeelUnique.com, is a cult favourite.

I prefer to dab Lavender Essential Oil, available in different sizes from amazon.co.uk from £2.29, on my wrists before bed for the same effect.

SAVING: Up to £17.21

Deal of the day

 Book a getaway this January and save up to a third with Hilton

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Book a getaway this January and save up to a third with Hilton

BEAT the January blues by booking your next getaway. You have one week left to make a winter sale booking with Hilton, where you can save up to 30 per cent on bookings made directly through Hilton.com.

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SAVE: up to 30 per cent

Cheap treat

 KFC are giving away a pot of gravy this Blue Monday - no purchase is required

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KFC are giving away a pot of gravy this Blue Monday – no purchase is required

GET your complimentary pot of gravy at KFC today. All you have to do is head to KFC and ask for the Blue Monday gravy offer, no purchase is required. Delicious.

My Sun Savers fiver

ROXANNE BILLS, from Boston, Lincs, says I’m putting my Sun Savers Fivers towards spending money for my holiday with my son.”

  • Share your Savers fiver stories at sunsavers.co.uk/fivers and get 28 codes worth £5 if yours is used. Include your name and town.

Top swap

 This dressing table from Wayfair would set you back £119.99

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This dressing table from Wayfair would set you back £119.99
 The B&M version is a fraction of the price at £70

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The B&M version is a fraction of the price at £70

SAVE money at B&M with the Bjorn dressing table, £70. It’s far cheaper than a similar table from Wayfair, £119.99.

SAVE: £49.99

Shop and save

 Vue cinemas are giving away a comfort kit including slippers and a blanket this Monday

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Vue cinemas are giving away a comfort kit including slippers and a blanket this MondayCredit: Erroll Jones

HEADING to the cinema to cheer yourself up? Make sure you go to the Vue as they’re giving away a comfort kit including slippers and a blanket to make your Monday a little less blue.

Reader’s saving tip

LISA GOODE, from Sheffield, says “I use Scan & Go during my weekly shops, it helps me keep an eye on how much I am spending.”

  • Share tips at sunsavers.co.uk/tips and you will get 28 codes worth £5 if yours is used. Please include your name and town.

Britain’s favourite getaways are back

 £9.50 holidays are back for 2020

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£9.50 holidays are back for 2020

HOLIDAYS From £9.50 are back and 2020 sees us mark three decades of ­sending readers on bargain getaways.

The Sun is the nation’s biggest provider of short breaks, which have been enjoyed by more than 55 million people since 1990.

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This time, you can choose from a massive 309 holiday parks to visit across the UK and Europe.

Fancy ticking off some new countries in Europe or visiting some areas of the UK you have never been to before?

If so, our getaways are the perfect bases from which to explore. Try Cornwall, Devon, or East Anglia — or venture to France, Spain or Croatia.

There is lots of inspiration and detail on the attractions near our holiday parks.
Plus check out all the holiday parks in today’s 60-page glossy brochure. There is a booking form in there, which you can also find at thesun.co.uk/holidays.

 Breaks are available from March to November

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Breaks are available from March to November

With breaks available from March all the way through to November, you will have the widest range of dates to choose from.

Book either a three-night weekend break — or those able to go Monday to Friday can take advantage of our midweek offer of four nights for the price of three.

Booking your holiday could not be easier.

Collect TEN tokens or codewords or TEN Sun Savers codes from the 25 that will be printed daily in the paper.

Once you have them, follow the steps in the table here to book your break.

  • T&Cs: Price pp based on four sharing. Multiple token/code collect. Subject to availability. Terms, conditions and date restrictions apply. See thesun.co.uk/holidays.

Your paper could be worth £50,000

 Could you be the next Sun raffle winner?

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Could you be the next Sun raffle winner?

Every month YOU could win the super cash giveaway in our Sun Raffle just for reading this paper.

Entering could not be easier – simply download the Sun Savers app or sign up at sunsavers.co.uk.

Then, opt in to each month’s Sun Raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted and start collecting the codes printed daily inside the paper – scanning in the app or entering online.

With every code you enter you will earn a Raffle ticket into that month’s £50,000 Raffle.

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There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect per month, so make sure to enter as many codes as you can to give yourself the best chance of winning. Remember, you have got to be in it to win it.

Not already a Sun Savers member? Join Sun Savers today.

It only takes a minute to sign up – just search “Sun Savers” in the app store and then download the app, or head to sunsavers.co.uk. To get started, all you need to do is enter a few details.

– T&Cs apply. For full T&Cs see sunsavers.co.uk.

Fancy a free fiver?

YOU can get FREE cash with super Sun Savers just for buying your favourite paper.

Our brilliant new rewards club will pay back our most loyal readers.

 You can get a free fiver just for buying The Sun

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You can get a free fiver just for buying The SunCredit: Getty – Contributor

Just pick up the paper each day to collect your Sun Savers codes and we will GIVE YOU £5 when you have ­collected 28.

This isn’t a one-off and there is no limit to how much cash you can save.

For every 28 codes you enter, we will give you a fiver.

So over the course of a year, that could add up to £65.

We are keeping it super-simple.

You don’t have to enter codes from consecutive days, so don’t worry if you forget a day or two.

Download our easy Sun Savers app and quickly scan your code using your smartphone. Or go online and enter your code at sunsavers.co.uk.

To get you on your way, join today and we will put a bonus £1 in your Sun Savers wallet tomorrow. And the good news doesn’t stop with free cash.

With Sun Savers, we give you the best hacks, deals and tips to save money every single day.

TO JOIN: Don’t worry, folks — joining takes just 30 seconds, in three steps.

  • PRICES correct at time of going to press. Deals/offers subject to availability.
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