As we find ourselves in the third week of 2016 (wasn’t it just New Year’s?) the rapid passing of time could well be enough to bring on a serious case of the January Blues! The festive season is long gone, the days are still short and dark and gloomy, and the pressure of keeping up with all those new year resolutions is really beginning to take its toll. In fact, the third Monday of January is thought to be the most depressing day of the year, earning it the title of Blue Monday! So how can you shake off that dreary feeling of gloom that so many of us are experiencing right about now? Check out our thrifty tips below to lighten your mood, but not your wallet!

Get up and out

It may be cold and miserable out there, but making the effort to get outside can be very rewarding. Physical exercise is known to have a mood enhancing impact and getting active will get your circulation going and make you feel warmer and more energetic. Take advantage of every bit of sunshine you can with discounts on outdoor wear from Go Outdoors or 60% off clothing from Wiggle.

Take a trip

It can be a short weekend break at a bed and breakfast not far from where you are, or maybe a few days abroad on a sunny beach. Or, you could even try a day trip exploring your own town or area around it. To cut costs in the capital, consider getting yourself a London Pass for discounts, priority entry and other benefits. Maybe you’ll find a perfect deal on a hotel, city break or beach vacation at Travel Republic. And if accommodation is your only concern, Airbnb are currently offering a £16 off select bookings and £7 off London stays.

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Indulge in some retail therapy

Sometimes we all need to treat ourselves, especially after a long stint of spending on others. Take some time for retail therapy online or in stores. H&M is currently offering 25% off any one item plus free deliver, whilst Simply Be gives you 20% off plus free delivery on select items right now. Spend £40 and get £10 off at Dorothy Perkins or get £10 off when your order value equals or exceeds £50 at Brand Alley.

Don’t give up on your New Year’s Resolution!

Whatever your resolution was, this is the week when many will fail to meet their goals. Don’t give up! Many people’s January Blues are triggered by not succeeding in their aim. For further thrifty inspiration and to keep ploughing on through check out our guide to Saving Cash on New Year’s Resolutions.