Here are some of the best tips for cheering up on Blue Monday, the saddest day of the year, from the people of Derbyshire

Blue Monday can be rough for many people so we asked our readers for their best tips to cheer up – they suggest walks in nature, cricket and spending time with loved ones.

By Laura Andrew
Monday, 18th January 2021, 11:09 am

Blue Monday lands on January 18, 2021.It is supposedly the saddest day of the year.This year is bringing its own challenges on top of the usual dry January, cold weather and the New Year diets.We asked our readers to share their best tips that put them in a good mood in hopes that others can cheer up on this gloomy day.

Reader Owen N Pavey suggests watching cricket matches.

He said: “It’s 10 weeks till the start of the cricket season.

Owen N Pavey is encouraging people to watch local cricket games to cheer them up.

“All local league games in this area are free to watch and you can space out around the pitch.

“There will be matches unfolding at Chesterfield, Hundall, Dronfield, Grassmoor, Hollingwood, Staveley, Cutthorpe, Clay Cross, Wingerworth, Glapwell, Bolsover, Eckington, Renishaw and Clowne.“You can even watch a first innings in one place then walk two miles to catch a second innings at another ground.”

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Gisela Grampe relies on a positive attitude to get through.

She said: “Be thankful that you woke up in the morning, that you have a roof over your head and food on the table.“Think about the homeless and about the people in countries which live in poverty or with a bad Goverment and be thankful that you have it so much better.”Reader Kelly Ward uses music to get her in a good mood:

She said: “Get some good music on and dance around the kitchen like no ones watching and sing your heart out. “Works every time for me.“My choice is old country music.”

Many readers say they have relished the great outdoors.

Paul Eggleston said: “Get outside in the fresh air, get that daily exercise done.“But do it sensibly, avoid other people, avoid potentially busy places.“But embrace nature and enjoy the part of the world that we live in.”

Mel Bacon has found a new life philosophy.

She said: “I’m thankful for each and everyday as without the donor who gave me a new liver I wouldn’t be here.

“So I’m grateful for everyday rain, snow or shine.”