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Make a Change this Blue Monday

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Monday 21st January 2019 has the dubious honour of being dubbed ‘Blue Monday’, the most depressing day of the year. The excitement and fun of the festive season is over and as the third Monday of January approaches many of us will be struggling with issues of low motivation, dissatisfaction with our routine, failed New Year’s resolutions, gloominess about the winter weather and worries over unpaid debts.

Although there are some factors that are beyond our control, this year people are being encouraged to tackle the impending gloominess by making a change and committing to setting aside some time on Monday to do something that they enjoy; so here’s some suggestions from us on how Aneurin Leisure can help:

  1. Get Active
Exercise releases a whole host of natural hormones, so why not visit your local Sports Centre for a mood boosting workout; you could hit the gym, go for a swim, join a group exercise class or even take your friends along for a game of football or badminton.

If you’re struggling to maintain your New Year’s Resolution to improve your health and fitness, why not have a chat with one of our staff? They can provide help and support to help you achieve your goals, and if you’re a life member you can access our free Activate Life service, which provides an in-depth health check that can be repeated every few weeks to track your progress.

Find out more about our range of facilities and services at

  1. Read a Book
If you’re looking for your next great read, our six Libraries throughout Blaenau Gwent provide a huge and varied range of free books, e-books and e-magazines that are suitable for people of all ages and interests.

Our new online BorrowBox service also enables you to browse through thousands of e-books and e-audiobooks for children and adults 24/7 from the comfort of your own home, so there’s no need to miss out even if you don’t have time to get to the library.

Find out more at

  1. Go for a Walk
We’re lucky to be surrounded by beautiful natural scenery in Blaenau Gwent, and our two parks at Parc Bryn Bach and Bedwellty House & Park provide wonderful settings to enjoy some fresh air and a relaxing stroll. Both venues also have their very own cafes, providing a much welcomed refreshments stop and somewhere to warm up with a hot drink and bite to eat.

If you’re looking for a more exciting way to enjoy our local landscapes you could even try one of our adventure activities at Parc Bryn Bach. Taster sessions are available throughout the year allowing you to try out a variety of activities including canoeing and kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, climbing, caving, gorge walking, tandem paragliding and hill walking.

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  1. Sign up to a New Course or Join a Club
Our Adult Community Learning service provides a wide range of courses to suit everyone, whether you’d like to improve your employment potential with some new qualifications or brush up on your IT skills.

If you’d like to develop a new hobby, or meet like-minded people with the same interests, our Learning Action Centres and Libraries also host a variety of regular clubs that you could join, they range from subjects such as photography, crafts, reading and knitting to name just a few.

Find out more at

  1. Meet Some Friends for Afternoon Tea
Catching up with friends or family is a great way to cheer yourself up, so why not meet up at Bedwellty House to enjoy afternoon tea together? Our Orchid House Tea Room offers a wonderful range of Afternoon Teas for adults and children alike, featuring a mouthwatering range of sweet and savoury treats that can be tailored to suit a variety of dietary requirements; so if you’re taking part in veganuary or have a gluten intolerance – there’s no need to miss out!

Thanks to our current Monday Madness promotion, visitors can also take advantage of a very special offer every Monday - buy one afternoon tea and get a second half price!

For more information call 01495 353397 or visit

  1. Enjoy a Night at the Theatre
Whether you’re interested in live music, drama, comedy, children’s shows or musical theatre – there’s something for everyone at The Met in Abertillery.

The venue hosts a regular programme of high quality productions with upcoming highlights including; The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio on 27th and 28th February, The Counterfeit Stones on 2nd March and Waterloo Live on 29th March.

To browse our full range of shows or book tickets online visit

To find out more about our full range of services at Aneurin Leisure visit our website at


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