17 Jan 2015 62 comments

5 Things: Feeling Great in January.


For me, January blues are a very real thing; the Christmas fun is over, I have some sort of food hangover and the weather is miserable day after day. Everyone is in financial ruin and/or partaking in dry January so social events are kept to a minimum, and everyone seems to be feeling sluggish and sorry for themselves. I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling like the fog will never lift!

January is a pretty tough month, especially if you’ve made some pretty hardcore resolutions – I think I’ve found a good balance to feeling good and making the most of my month, so I thought I would share some tips for coming out on top.

Keep Busy
It’s almost too easy to admit defeat and hibernate with Netflix for the coming weeks, but I think that makes me feel worse at times. Everything in moderation, I always say – so make sure you have a good balance of your own chill time and some social fun so you’re not in on your own for chunks at a time. It’s easy to become a hermit, so try and plan at least one ‘highlight’ a week, this way you get a little buzz when you’re looking forward to it, and by the time it rolls around you’ll have gotten used to the idea of going out or whatever.
I think avoiding the pub is a must during the month, so think up a fun way to hang out that doesn’t involve alcohol – a gym class, cinema or just a lazy evening in. Yay for socialising.

Be Realistic
I find that a lot of people make these completely farfetched resolutions all at once, which isn’t really going to help anyone. If you’re making a couple of big lifestyle changes, that’s amazing – but remember to be realistic. If you’re sacking off sugar and aiming to go to the gym every night after work, you’re going to be a total bitch to be around. Ease yourself in to your new changes, and don’t put too much on yourself or you will have some sort of meltdown. Probably in the biscuit aisle of ASDA. Sometimes skipping the gym and settling down with a cup of tea and a bit of dark chocolate is what keeps you sane!
On the other hand, if you have a goal for the year ahead – keep working on it! I’ve given up on aims in the middle of January before and it’s not the best feeling – keep going, at least until the end of the month, and reassess the situation. It’s always an amazing feeling to be working towards something!

Have A Spring Clean
It may sound odd, but nothing balances my mind better than a good reorganise! Get a couple of bin bags and declutter your wardrobe, reorganise your bookshelf or just rearrange your room. I honestly think a tidy house is amazing for keeping me feeling calm and collected, so I always try to take a day to just clear out clutter and do the little tasks I’ve been telling myself I’ll do for ages.
Head to Pinterest and get inspired, then you can give your home a little makeover with the money you’ll be saving from skipping out on the pub etc.

Think Positively
I’m all for thinking positively; I’m one of those self-deprecating types, always making fun of myself for the sake of humour. I like the way I am, and I still think I can have a positive attitude at the same time. I’ve had bouts of anxiety in the past and so I try to wake up and think about five good things that are happening at the time, either that day or just in general. Getting out of bed is easier and I feel lighter for the entire day. I also think smiling helps a whole lot, and generally trying to be upbeat whenever possible! Think good thoughts, and good things will come your way.

Treat Yo’ Self
Yup, I’m calling it – sometimes it’s all about looking after number one. Indulge your little cravings; pamper yourself, spend £50 on a face mask, eat sweet potato mash every day for a week, watch three seasons of The Office in a week… life is all about those little moments of bliss.

What are your tips for having a happier, carefree January?

  • Dressed with soul

    I think really it’s a good idea to have a spring clean as this is for also always a inner clearing.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

  • Amazing list! Spring Clean is definitely a must.


  • I’ve definitely been the worst culprit for hiding away into Netflix every free moment of my day. I love this post, thinking postiviely is definitely my favourite, I think that’s so important.
    Amy xx

  • Karen Flynn

    I love this! Spring cleaning today!


  • Great post! I really dislike January and get serious January blues too – keeping myself busy really helps though!

    Ciara x | Ciara Pocket

  • I agree that having a spring clean totally clears the mind too!

    Josie XOXO

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  • These are brilliant tips 🙂 January is definitely not a fun month.

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  • Spring clean is on the list for today.

    Lizzie Dripping

  • I can totally feel the January blues! but I am telling myself that the days are becoming longer so spring is coming 🙂


  • Angelica

    Haha so pleased you posted this, I have been feeling CRAP! But don’t have a particular reason apart from it’s not Christmas anymore, I have NO money whatsoever and i can’t get rid of my Christmas weight. I’m definitely going to have a sorting out day today. Another thing that makes me feel better is knowing that each day after work I come in and have a bath for 20 mins and have a read of my book. Cheers me up! x


  • For me it’s not January blues, it’s just general blues. Mainly because I’m job hunting atm & it’s really tuff! Thinking positivley definitely helps!


  • Mel

    I cannot agree more about the spring cleaning, it takes up time and feels soooo amazing after!


  • Kat

    I did a huge spring clean last night and it was exactly what I needed! It all gets a bit much in January. Maybe watching three seasons of The Office in a week is what I need too! Ha x


  • Great tips! I’m definitely with you on the thinking positively one, it’s so important to remind yourself to be upbeat and appreciative, especially in the darkest parts of the year x

    Isabella Hope

  • I totally agree with this! I decided that I would actually start a gym, but as I walk to work there & back, which in total takes an hour & 20 mins! I really cannot be arsed to go to the gym 2/3 times a week. I am that person who has just found the office on netflix & devours tea & chocolate haha! xx


  • Caz

    I recently had a huge clear out and I feel so much better for it! I just need to finish my mountain of uni work now!

    Caz | thisiscaz

  • emily couture

    these are such great tips 🙂 I’m trying to think positive during my January exams 😀

    emily xx


  • These are definitely really great tips to have a great January!


  • These are lovely tips to help you keep going through January, I’m going to bear them all in mind so I can persuade myself to get up and out instead of being tempted to laze about all day!
    Hannah x
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  • Madeleine S-B

    Agree with all of these tips! Keeping busy is so important – obviously you need days to chill out and do nothing but when that becomes every day it just becomes frustrating and depressing! x


  • Louise Vivian

    Awesome tips! Great post Kate xx


  • Love this! I wrote a similar post a few weeks ago – I think january can actually be a really lovely time if you’re in the right frame of mind!

  • A Spring Clean is definitely a must! x

    Blog Marjorie

  • Great list ! Imma stick to it. Especially for the last part 😛

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  • Great tips! I’m all for a good Spring clean 🙂 xx
    Elise @ Elise Dopson

  • Lovely tips you’ve got there ! I love doing some reading and of course, treat yo’ self is a must to do 🙂


  • Lizzie

    Definitely agree with the spring clean, I always feel like getting organised perks me up. Make some lists clear everything up then you feel like your ready to go!


  • Neesha

    I’ve had a really crappy January so far. I’m very down in the dumps and I’m struggling to shift this awful feeling. I’m definitely going to treat myself tomorrow and see if I feel any better
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

  • Love these, thanks so much Kate!


  • Well said x.


  • Maggie

    Its all about helping others to! Sometimes just holding the door for someone can make you a bit brighter! I helped a patient of mine into a bed the other day and it just gave me a little bounce!

    Its true when they say if you are postive inside it will show through!


  • Awesome tips! I need to work on my positivity and those 5 good things you mentioned to think of every morning I will try out 🙂

  • Aww! This is wonderful!! x

  • Skye Mason

    5 really nice tips, love this post! x


  • Megan Roisin

    I certainly have the January blues and have been doing pretty much all these things to get rid. This is a lovely post!

    Megan x
    London Callings

  • This was so needed! I’ve definitely been feeling the January blues, especially since I just got back from holiday this week so it’s post holiday blues too! I’m planning on cheering myself up with starting a new project (it’s really finishing an old project), and running – it really helps to clear my mind and stop me worrying over little things 🙂 xx


  • PeonyandPeach

    Great tips! I’ve had a massive clear out of my whole house and am feeling so much better for it. I definitely agree with the treating yourself part too, I always save any birthday/christmas money I get in december to spend in january which always feels like a nice little treat. I find planning trips really helps too, whether it’s a proper holiday or just a weekend away somewhere nearby.


  • Emma and Emily

    Loved this post! Seriously need this kind of motivation in January.


  • I agree with all of these and they keep me motivated!


  • Great post Kate! I usually fall victim to the Jan/Feb blues but not this year! I have booked a few lovely evenings out- cinema, theatre, catch-ups with friends. Having a few things dotted on the calendar really helps lift my mood. I also adore the cosy evenings in with a film and a hot chocolate…. if you drink it, it doesn’t count right? 😉

    Georgia x


  • I totally understand! Take me back to the holidays haha 🙂 Loved this post, my room is definitely in the need of a spring clean.


  • I’ve definitely been trying to keep busy, and it’s really helped especially in redecorating the house for our move – massive clear out, and making feel all new!

    I’ve also been making sure to get my skin in tip-top condition this year, lots of investment in the good skincare.

    Lauren x

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  • alice bea

    Yeah I think January is always a struggle!

  • Treating yourself is definitely the best tip! I always feel better when I indulge myself a bit, even if its something simple like spending the evening in a hot bubble bath!

    Emily xx

    Emily May Designs

  • Great post! I’m currently hibernating away watching netflix haha!


  • I loved reading what you had to say! Some of my resolutions have been to keep positive and to say “yes” to more (in terms of meeting up with friends and making social plans) because I can totally be a hermit myself. I’ve also picked an item for my house to splurge on in the beginning of February if I stick to my January budget. Having that goal item hanging in front of my has really helped!


    • I agree with the saying yes thing. It’s a simple change but it makes a huge difference.

  • This is great!…I’m totally going through that bitch stage from lack of sugary treats, so I will take some of your advice before the melt down erupts. 🙂 Seriously though these are all great tips.

  • Shannon Clark

    January blues are the worst, thanks for the tips – completely agree with everything you said!

  • Thank you for this one – Seriously. I am the typical girl falling for the january blues and it always stands in my way. These hints are very useful and I will write them down and look on them every morning when waking up! <3 Thank you! 🙂

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    Hugs, Thea

  • Francesca

    I love when you do this kind of posts, they’re so helpful! Thanks, Kate 🙂


  • Love these tips especially the treat yourself one 😉


  • I have made being positive a new years resolution and it seems to be helping me a lot. Knowing I made that promise to myself makes me very aware when I start to become negative. I definitely treated myself on Saturday…… xoxo


  • The blogosphere is drowning in New Year, New Me posts… makes me feel like a bad human. I never make resolutions… especially not in January haha

  • such great tips!

  • These are great tips! Thanks!

  • Sarah Cale

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time, some great tips. Thanks Kate

  • I need to Spring clean…pronto

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  • NoOvernightGuests

    Like that last tip. Especially important to treat yo’ self.

  • Rachel

    I would love to know where that globe is from….. 🙂 It is beautiful!!