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Make most depressing Monday of the year a bit less Blue

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Today (Monday, January 16) is Blue Monday, also known as the most depressing day of the year. So why not do something to give yourself a mood boost?

Between the weather, the post-festive period comedown or the short amount of daylight, most people are in need of a pick-me-up in January. In fact, the date of Blue Monday is pinpointed using a calculation that takes into account a number of factors including the weather, debt, the amount of time since Christmas, the amount of time since failing New Year’s Resolutions and motivation.

But it’s not all doom and gloom and there are lots of tricks to turn that frown upside down.

Here are just a few ways you can make your Blue Monday a bit brighter this year.

Treat yourself to a massage at Helping Hands


Helping Hands Therapy is an award-winning sports and massage therapy clinic in Aberdeen.

Kevin and Amanda are fully qualified therapists with over 12 years’ practical experience. They are members of the Complementary Therapists Association and offer a variety of therapeutic treatments to help relax, stimulate and revitalise the body.

With the fast-moving pace of everyday life, bodies get tired and are often neglected. With a good combination of therapy, exercise and a healthy diet, Kevin and Amanda can help you combat stress, re-energise and improve your overall wellbeing.

From their city centre base at Carmelite Hotel, Aberdeen, Helping Hands offers a number of treatments including Deep Tissue Massage, Sports Massage, Full Body Massage, Hand/Foot Massage, Hot Stones / Cold Stones Therapy, Reiki, Indian Head Massage and Swedish Massage.

In addition, they have a mobile service and are happy to visit clients in the comfort of their own home. They offer corporate packages and have special promotions for groups of six or more, as well as wedding packages and pamper days.

Kevin and Amanda will happily discuss treatments in more depth and welcome enquiries.

To book an appointment or to make an enquiry please contact Helping Hands on 01224 488352.


Boost your mood by getting fit at Aberdeen Sports Village


At Aberdeen Sports Village, there is everything you need under one roof to give you the opportunity to reach and maintain your health and fitness lifestyle goals.

An ASV Lifestyle Membership will give you so much more than a typical gym membership, with benefits including and extensive aquatics programme and sessions for children and teenagers, 10% off at SPEAR Sports Injury and Physiotherapy, 10% off at Aberdeen Sports Massage and lifestyle and nutritional advice.

Members also get access to ASV’s indoor 3G football pitch, sports hall and hockey pitch and can take advantage of specialist courses, such as Pilates and Yoga for Sport. There’s also the opportunity to attend local, national and international sporting events and invitations to health and fitness open days and events.

And for once the hard work has been done, there are two Café Kovos onsite to relax and unwind with fresh and healthy snacks and drinks.

Right now, ASV have the 14 months for the price of 12 so there’s never been a better time to join.


Feel great and look good with Mind Band Weight Loss

Part of feeling good is looking good – and Mind Band Weight Loss has two programmes to help people looking to shed some pounds.

Mindband is a hypnotic technique that business owner Terry Cromar uses. One client of Terry’s explained: “Terry has helped me become much more active and understand the importance of looking after your body reducing not just excess fat but visceral fat improving my bone mass, muscle mass and ensuring new higher hydration levels.”

The second programme is Distance Diet – a free system (the client just pays for the nutritional products they use) with mentoring through Skype. The one-on-one mentoring sessions allows for programmes to be tailored to an individual client’s needs and reduce the risk of stalling and pitfalls.

Terry said: “We give advice in small amounts so the client remembers and understands the information before moving on.

“Doing the programmes in steps – and explaining the programme as a road the client is walking along – gives the client positive thought to what they are doing and helps us explain what they are experiencing along the way.”

Clients using both programmes also receive handy diet sheets and tips, which have been collected through years of helping people lose weight.

Normal hypnosis sessions help reduce pain, but for chronic pain Mind Band Weight Loss also has a dedicated session to alleviate ongoing soreness.

Join the gym with Sport Aberdeen and get the endorphins flowing


Endorphins, it is said, are released in a person’s body when they exercise. And part of the effect of endorphins is a boost in mood or feeling of euphoria. That’s why joining a gym could be one of the best ways to combat Blue Monday.

Sport Aberdeen recently reopened the Jesmond Sports Centre after an extensive renovation and modernisation. It now boasts a 70-station gym (fitted with state-of-the-art resistance, cardio and functional training capacity), a dedicated immersive spin studio and the UK’s first dedicated virtual activity zone.

With a Sport Aberdeen fitness membership, members can go to any gym, swimming pool and fitness class, at any time and at any of the venues in the city, for only £25 per month.

There’s also access to personalised training plans and nutritional advice.

And if you buy now, you get the rest of January totally free!

Sport Aberdeen is committed to creating opportunities, inspiring people and changing lives through sport and physical activity.