By Laura Hughes

Published: Style Birmingham 16/01/17

Feeling down in the dumps, already broke your New Year’s resolution and have nothing to look forward to? You’re not alone, it seems like most people feel this way in January.

You’re probably left with a hammered bank account, a bulging waistline and rubbish weather conditions. Things aren’t looking any better as today is the mother of all unhappy Monday’s. The third Monday in January, known as Blue Monday, has been scientifically calculated as the most depressing of the year. “Brilliant just what I need”, we hear you say but fear not, in a bid to cheer you up on this gloomy day we have rounded up the top 10 things to do in the city to banish those Monday blues.

1. La La Land

Break out in song and dance and head to the cinema to watch the latest must-see film La La Land. What better way to cheer yourself up than watching the gorgeous Ryan Gosling and equally stunning Emma Stone show off their talents. The musical took the Golden Globes by storm and is the perfect uplifting film to brighten up this depressing day.

2. Cocktail Hour!

If you haven’t yet tried the unique periodic table cocktail menu at The Alchemist then today’s the day to do so. Filled with quirky smoking cocktails it’s the perfect place to drink your blues away. Looking for something to save the pennies? Try The Island Bar’s Happy Hour (5-8pm) meaning more Cocktails for less money!

3. Night at the Museum

Looking for something free and fun this Blue Monday then visit one of the cities many museums. The Thinktank Science Museum, Aston Hall are our favourites and not forgetting the incredible Night in the Museum at Birmingham Museum Art Gallery, it’s worth a visit as it’s only in the city until February 12. You can read more about it here.

4. Handmade Happiness

What perfect timing from The Handmade Burger Co. who are spreading happiness starting today around the city and in their restaurants! You can read more about it here!

5. The Great British Monday

On your marks, get set, bake! Oh, how we’ve missed those words. It’s only been a few months since we waved goodbye to The Great British Bake Off and we’re already having withdrawal symptoms! Luckily fans can enjoy an evening with 2015 winner Nadia Hussain at the Town Hall tonight. Get tickets here.

6. Blue Monday. Every Monday.

Yo Sushi has your Blue Monday covered with its ‘Blue Monday. Every Monday’ offer. Start the week on a roll (literally) with 45 dishes for just £2.80 each!

7. Feeling peckish?

Eat yourself happy and treat yourself to lunch or tea out. Your New Year’s resolution might have been to eat healthy this year but let’s be honest that’s probably already failed anyway, so what’s the harm? If you want our advice on where to grab a bite to eat in the city, we’re big fans of Yorks Cafe & Roastery on Stephenson Street. The quirky coffee shop was recently listed in The Guardian’s The 50 Best Breakfast Places in the UK alongside The Plough Harborne and Kitchen Garden Cafe.

8. Keep Calm and go Shopping

If you’re like us then you’ll love any excuse to go shopping and Blue Monday is definitely one of them! Enjoy some retail therapy at 50 different outlets at Resorts World, you never know you might be able to grab a late January sale bargain.

9. Keep on Climbing!

Spend your Blue Monday at the city’s newest adventure climbing centre Rock Up. It’s fun for everyone who seeks a thrill and a must go especially as adults can get 30% off this January.

10. Fly Away

Experts say it’s the most depressing day of the year, we say it’s time to get away! If your one of the lucky ones left with some spare cash why not give yourself something to look forward to and book a holiday! Whether it’s for a weekend or a week it’s time to put something into your phones’ countdown calendar.

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