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.
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.
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.
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?