After all the fun, partying, family time and excessive alcohol and cheese consumption, January can feel like a particularly ‘meh’ month. I know for one that throughout January I alway lose a bit of pep from my step – however, lets not let it get us too down! I’ve come up with 10 tips to help beat the January blues and get us through the dreary and dull month!
Out with the old and in with the new, a phrase used most in the New Year. What better time to have a bit of a ‘spring clean’. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of ‘stuff’ that just gets accumulated over the festive period – have a good ol’ sort through, take some of the clutter to the charity shop and help to make your home feel lighter!
It’s easy to go through winter not wanting to leave the house – I mean, I don’t blame you! Who would willingly want to leave and be social in the freezing cold? However, it’s important to get out, not isolate yourself – sometimes all you need is a coffee with a friend to help you feel less groggy and blue in January!
Try Something New
I’m sure we’re all guilty of putting off starting a new hobby or sport throughout the year – the New Year is the perfect time to start that hobby you’ve been promising yourself! Whether it’s getting a gym membership, trying a new class, or even picking up an old hobby you used to love.
Much like being social, getting outside can be something we all put off throughout the winter! Getting outside, even if it is just for a walk will activate the positive endorphins in your body making you feel refreshed and more content. I can guarantee that getting a blast of fresh air, even if it is just 10 minutes will make you feel much happier!
Book a holiday, weekend away or just a day out. Having something to look forward to throughout January, I always find makes it that little bit more bearable. Knowing that in a couple of months I’ll be on holiday with my friends is currently whats getting me through both university and January!
Christmas is the one time of year I’m sure we all slightly over indulge, which there is no problem with – but eating well will always boost your energy and mood, particularly in January when we’re probably all feeling a little extra fluffy.
Make Time For Self Care
I did a whole post on the importance of self care not so long ago, but long story short, a lot of us don’t know the importance of it. Even if it’s just running yourself a bath or taking half an hour to read a book – having ‘me’ time is mega important for your mental health!
Read A Book
This year I have set myself the task of reading at least one book a month – I know it isn’t a lot, but find me someone who can balance a full time university course, a job, social life, blog, self care and time to read hundreds of books. Setting myself a realistic task is really helping with the January blues – it’s also getting me into the habit of having ‘me time’, no distractions, just me and a good book!
Admittedly Christmas time is expensive for everyone, but treat yourself this month, even if it is just to something small. Reward yourself for getting through January, we probably all need a reward for it; it’s not easy! Pick up that jacket you’ve had your eye on for a while, book a spa treatment – treat yourself to something that will make you feel good.
Get More Sleep
I’m guilty of staying up until stupid o’clock on social media or blogging away, when in reality I should probably be using that time to sleep! How much sleep you require differs person to person, but I know that I need 8 hours to not wake up grumpy. Get an earlier night and see how much more refreshed and ready to take on the day you feel!
What are your top tips for beating the January Blues?
All my love,