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Beating the January blues!

The third Monday of January is officially the gloomiest day of the year. recently reported a few great ways to help beat the lows of a January comedown.

The third Monday of January is considered the year's emotional low point for many. The parties of Christmas and New Year are over, your social highlight is a gossip by the office coffee machine, you're utterly broke and payday seems an age away, the weather is rubbish and you've already broken your New Year resolutions. The outlook is bleak.

What you need is a little travel inspiration to take the edge off those extra-intense Monday blues. Here are the top 5 ways suggests to perk yourself up:

Find some winter sun.

If you're feeling lethargic or like you just want to go into hibernation, you may be suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), the most common form of which is known as winter depression. Fortunately it's easily fixed and the most effective treatment is getting more sun. Why not snap up a cheap last minute deal to the Canary Islands or Egypt?

Pamper yourself.

After all those seasonal indulgences, you're probably feeling sluggish, dull, grey and completely unmotivated. Kick start your system and get your New Year's resolutions back on track with a spot of pampering at your local spa.

Plan your summer holiday.

Book a summer trip early so you've got something to look forward to. Purchase an annual multi-trip travel insurance policy today and maybe go the whole way by booking more than one adventure.

Embrace the winter.

Winter can be a beautiful thing. Embrace it and book yourself a holiday cottage in the UK or France. January is normally within the off-peak season for non-ski holidays so prices can be low but the countryside is just as beautiful as the peak summer months.

Get some exercise.

Force yourself outside and get your heart pumping. Exercise is another highly effective way to beat SAD. If you can't quite get the motivation to do it by yourself, consider going on an activity holiday either in the UK or abroad.

If you are travelling soon, have a great trip!