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Pay-Day Purgatory. That middle time during the worst month of every year where you literally forget the concept of monetary transactions because money does not exist in your life anymore.

Spare change? Goodbye.

Contactless card? Forget it, gal.

Online shopping? You're delusional.

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The days of being financially independent are long gone. Winter is here.

None of us can recall a time where we could 'spot' our friends for food, or the blissful moment when you don't have to check your balance because you're aware that it ain't empty. (Rarely happens but for some unicorns apparently it exists)

Those were the days…but now we're trapped in Pay-Day-Purgatory, land of the tense and agonising wait to be paid. Those last few days where all you can do is sit in your home and mope, because moping is free. 

 life vs GIF

1. Looking in long-lost-lands…

2. Time no longer has meaning

3.  Have centuries passed or is that just us?

 4. We're getting snappy, to say the least

5. We've even turned to milk for guidance

6. There's not much time left to wait, but we don't know if we can hold on much longer…

7. When dat sweet, sweet coin finally hits the bank, those heart eye emojis will be let LOOSE

8. Let's be grateful we're not American federal workers right now, those people need prayer

9. We'll be like Mario himself collecting those beautiful golden coins the SECOND the cash slides itself into our banking DMs

10. We're being majorly left on read by pay day…Not cool

11. Let's be honest, we really shouldn't be trusted with money in the first place, should we?

12. Finally, we'll leave you with a soporific lullaby to put your worries to bed…Pay day will come. Eventually. From the ashes. Maybe. 

The countdown continues anew, once again we wait in the darkness by the frosty window, trying to remember a time when we could wave our bank cards and expect something in return.

Shout out to January for being an absolute B*TCH.

pay me GIF by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

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Blue Monday is seriously getting us down, and 

In an effort to uplift the spirit of our good nation on the most depressing day of the year, Ryanair have announced a sale.

However, you've got to act fast because it ends at midnight.

'It’s officially the most depressing day of the year and there is no better way to help beat those winter blues than by booking a getaway,' said Ryanair's Robin Kiely. 

'We’ve launched a huge Blue Monday sale with up to 20% off a million seats across our entire European network.'

'This incredible offer will end at midnight (24:00hrs) tonight, so customers should log on quickly and bag a bargain pick-me-up today.'

Flights to locations like London, Newcastle, Hamburg, Faro, Edinburgh and Brussels are currently listed for less than €20.00. 

Nab some winter sun in Milan, Madrid, Bologna, Cyprus, Malaga, Rome or Barcelona for under €30.00. 

Ladies, we know what we're doing at lunchtime.

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If ever there was a day to pack up and jet off (even if only for a mini-break) today is that day. 

And while circumstances may decree that we simply hibernate until February, if you come across a forgotten few pennies in a Christmas card – that cash could go very far indeed.

Yup, SHEmazing! has now trawled through the Ryanair sale for a bargain… coming up with these gems for your consideration.

 

1) Cork to Malaga

Leave: Sunday, January 22

Return: Wednesday, January 25

Cost: €63

Note: It's currently 18C and sunny in the south of Spain.

 

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2) Dublin to Brussels 

Leave: Monday, January 23

Return: Monday, January 30

Cost: €20

Note: The River Jazz Festival will be taking place at the time.

 

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3) Shannon to Berlin

Leave: Monday, January 23

Return: Friday, January 27

Cost: €51

Note: Berlin is still a gorgeous winter wonderland right now.

4) Dublin to Cologne

Leave: Saturday, January 21

Return: Wednesday, January 25

Cost: €46

Note: The local Kölsch beer is best sampled on home-soil.

5) Cork to Liverpool 

Leave: Sunday, January 22

Return: Wednesday, January 25

Cost: €26

Note: The Tate Liverpool is holding a free Tracey Emin exhibition at the time. 

 

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6) Dublin to Paris

Leave: Wednesday, January 25

Return: Wednesday, February 1

Cost: €37

Note: A notorious pricey city, Paris is a lot more affordable at this time of year. 

 

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7) Dublin to Amsterdam 

Leave: Tuesday, January 24

Return: Wednesday, February 1

Cost: €42

Note: Tulip season is kicking off – so visit the world's only floating flower market, Bloemenmarkt.

 

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8) Kerry to Frankfurt 

Leave: Monday, January 30

Return: Friday, February 3

Cost: €34.50

Note: So much more than a commercial hub, Frankfurt's foodie scene is amazing. Try Vevay.

 

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Yup, it's officially Blue Monday.

And while health experts and doctors are sceptical about the legitimacy of the concept of the 'most depressing day of the year,' a cold, dark, flat-out broke month is certainly enough to make us consider hibernation until February 1.

So if you are looking for something to lift your spirits – and one that doesn't involve spending any money (see above) – having a larf with the help of Netflix is a decent place to start.

 

Classic Comedy Series

 

Only Fools & Horses

London schemer Derek, his brother Rodney and their daft grandfather try anything and everything to leave their working class life behind.

The Big Bang Theory

Quarks fly when two geeky physicists discover that they have a new neighbour : a sexy actress who inspires them to try a relationship with a real woman.

Fawlty Towers

Haughty Basil Fawlty and his bossy wife try to raise the profile of their Fawlty Towers Hotel, but endless mix ups arise, leading to farcical lunacy.

The Fresh Prince of Bellair

The affluent Banks family finds their lives turned upside down when Street smart Will, a Philadelphia relative moves into their California mansion.

Gavin & Stacey

After a long distance courtship, Gavin and Stacey finally meet in person – only to be confronted with the strong opinions of friends and family.

That 70s Show

Feel groovy in 1970s suburbia, where a teen and his pals hang in the basement, listening to rock and indulging other hazy benefits of ‘70s culture.

 

Stand Up Comedy

 

Micheael McIntyre Comedy Roadshow

Michael McIntyre visits some of the UKs most iconic standup comedy venues, unearthing a portfolio of comedy’s brightest new talent.

Chelsea Handler – Uganda Be Kidding Me Live

In her first Netflix comedy special, Chelsea Handler recounts her African adventures (and provides hilarious photographic evidence)

Louis CK – Live at the Comedy Store

The comic puts his trademark hilarious / though provoking spin on finding a bat in his kitchen, seeing rats having sex, Boston accents and dead pets.

Jimmy Carr – Funny Business

British comedian Jimmy Carr unleashes his deadpan delivery and wickedly funny one-liners to a sold-out audience at the UK’s Hammersmith Apollo.

Aziz Anzari – Buried Alive

‘Parks and Recreation’ star Aziz Ansari takes the stage to share his unfiltered views on adulthood, babies, marriage, love and more in the modern ear.

 

Comedy Films

 

Sing Street

In 1980’s Dublin, a teen whose family is falling apart transfers to a touch school, where he forms a rock band to fit in and win a girls attention

Bewitched

Isabel Bigalow seems to be the perfect Samantha to star in a remake of the 1960s sitcom “Bewitched” but no one knows she really is a witch!  Stars Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell and Shirley MacLane

Eddie The Eagle

This inspirational film tells the true story of Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards who became England’s unlikely ski-jump hero in the 88 Olympics.

My Best Friend’s Wedding

When she learns her platonic pal is getting married, food critic Julianne Potter realises her true feelings for him and tries to sabotage the weddings.

What Happens In Vegas

After a night of heavy partying in Vegas, two strangers wake up to realise, much to their displeasure, that they’ve gotten married.

 

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If ever there was a time to celebrate the wonder that is Ryanir, it's today, ladies.

In an effort to uplift the spirit of our good nation on the most depressing day of the year, Ryanair have announced a sale, but you've got to act fast because it ends at midnight.

Taking to Twitter moments ago, they wrote: "Forget #BlueMonday. We’ve launched a Blue & Yellow Monday sale. Fly from €9.99 & banish the blues."

Commenting on the offer, Ryanair’s Robin Kiely reminded the public if they want in on a spur-of-the-moment holiday, they need to get booking pronto.

"These sale seats are on sale until midnight tonight, Monday, so customers should log on to the Ryanair.com website and banish the winter blues by booking a bargain getaway today.” 

Ladies, we know what we're doing at lunchtime.

 

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According to research, today is the most depressing day of the year. 

For the past few years, psychologists and scientists have blamed things like gloomy weather and post-Christmas debts on the population being so blue. 

But, just because scientists say that today is an unhappy day, doesn't mean you have to be glum until 12 tonight.

So, to beat the blues, here's a few small things that will cheer you up: 

1. Listen to your favourite music

You can never beat listening to your fave tunes, whether they're upbeat or slow, music can always put you in a good mood. 

 

2. Call your BFF and have a full-on rant

This rant can be about college, work, your boyfriend, or pretty much whatever you feel like. Letting things out is good, and having someone to listen is even better. 

 

3. Write down what you want to do 

We know we all try to make new year's resolutions, but sometimes we just can't stick to them. Write down what you want for yourself at this very moment and it might give you a bit of clarity and cheer you up. 

 

4. Watch your favourite TV show

Go old-school and watch a bit of Friends, or catch up on the latest Game of Thrones. Either way, watching your fave characters for an hour full of drama is always good. 

 

5. Cook your favourite meal

Food is another thing that can instantly cheer you up. Whether your favourite is ice cream or a steak, just go for it.

 

6. Don't feel like cooking? Order in

If cooking alone makes you feel sad, scrap that and order in your favourite take-away. Pizza, chipper, Chinese… We're happy and hungry just thinking about it.

 

7. Treat yourself

This doesn't have to be anything extravagant. Seen a pair of cosy slippers? Get them. Fancy a new scent? You deserve it. 

 

8. Watch your favourite movie

Because who doesn't love getting into a Mean Girls buzz.

 

9. Go for a long walk with someone who listens

Taking some time out with your bestie, sister or your mam and just relaxing will help keep your worries at bay. 

 

10. Take a bath

And go all out. Light a few candles, play some soothing music, add some infused bath oils and you're good to go. There's no better way to end Blue Monday than a nice bubbly bath. 

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The third Monday is January, known as Blue Monday, is typically considered to be the most depressing day of the year. Our bank accounts hit an all time low after Christmas and the knowledge that the festive season is over really sets in.

The Students' Union over in DCU wanted to do their part to bring a smile pack to people's faces last Monday… and what better way to do that than with a free caffeine boost?

The first five people to comment with their current location on the SU's Facebook page received a hand-delivered coffee of their choice to anywhere on campus.

So sweet. BTW guys, ours is a skim vanilla latte. Just sayin'.

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