21 Jan 2018 33 comments

Staying On Track In January.

Oh hello, January blues…

I would say that for the most part, providing I’ve been fed and caffeinated and had my eight hours, I’m a pretty positive person! That is, until mid-January.
The cold weather really gets me down (may I remind you that I was made for warmer climes, and in the Southern Hemisphere a December baby means a summer baby!) and I find it really hard to motivate myself. Not great when you a) are your own boss and b) work from home. PJs and Netflix all day on a Monday, anyone?

Anyway, instead of feeling moody and wallowing in self-pity, I’ve been more productive than ever this month – and I’m feeling pretty good in general, too. So I thought I’d share my own advice for staying on top throughout the most miserable month of them all.

Practice Self-Care!

This is a big one for me, because I think we can all be hard on ourselves after the Christmas overindulgence, and don’t even get me started on the whole ‘new year, new me’ attitude we’re guilt-tripped in to adopting.
Everyone has their own self-care routines; mine usually involve spending an evening cooking my favourite dinner, lighting a few candles and snuggling up with Jordie and the cats in clean PJs! I’ve been doing a lot of this in January, and I feel more like myself for it.
Give in to yourself a little this month; cancel plans if you would rather be at home, skip the gym if you’re feeling under the weather, treat yourself to some luxe hot chocolate… it’s the little things that make every day more bearable!
And be nice to yourself, you deserve it.

Celebrate the little things

The new year is usually a time where we make wild promises to ourselves, which, for the most part, is pretty good! Who doesn’t love a few positive changes?
That said, it can be tricky to feel your best when you’re so determined to stick to these changes. I come down hard on myself if I’m not achieving them as easily as I had hoped, which is why I’ve started setting myself smaller goals to go alongside these bigger resolutions. My aims this year were a bit of a mix; small ones like have more dinner dates and take more photos, and bigger goals like write a freakin’ book! The mix works for me because it’s not overwhelming and I can break down the year in to manageable, not-so-daunting chunks.

I like the ‘slow and steady wins the race’ approach to the new year. Take a few days off, spend some time thinking about what you loved about the last year, and what you’d like to see from 2018.
Allow a couple of weeks to get back in to your routines, and then come up with a game plan for the year ahead (or y’know, don’t. Resolutions and life changes aren’t a must!)

Make lists, get organised!

I like lists, I’m very much here for lists. I like just throwing all my thoughts on to paper – everything from my personal goals to my travel bucketlist and meal prep ideas and shopping lists.
Anything that makes me feel more organised is all good with me!
If you’re feeling like the coming weeks and months are all too much, put some thoughts down on paper and make your tasks more manageable!
I started bullet journaling last year and I love it, it feels good to take control and have some sort of plan! I have quite a stripped back planner (you can see it here) but I find it’s so easy to keep on top of my goals, tasks and plans.

Get up and go

I was so busy in December that I barely made it to the gym, and then with Christmas and New Year… well, it meant that as soon as the fun was over, it was time to get back at it!

Instead of overthinking it, I set my alarm, got up when it went off, grabbed my gym kit and headed to the gym. I didn’t once entertain the thought of getting back in bed, I just put on a playlist and got to it.
I’ve been doing the same with work projects I’ve been putting off, and other life events that required more effort than I could usually muster. The trick is just to go for it, it’s never as bad as you think – and the relief you feel when it’s done is like nothing else! Changing your thinking really, truly works.

Have some fun…

It’s so tempting to strip your month back, stay indoors, make zero plans. I’m the worst for this, I’m a homebody at heart so the temptation to stay at home is just too much.
But, I know I love seeing my friends and have fun plans in my calendar – so I’m trying to move away from spending every weekend at home. I’ve got gigs, trips away and plans with my girl friends, and I’m really excited for it all!

Balance is key I find, I usually have half the weekend to myself/with Jordie, and then keep Sunday free for a lazy brunch or coffee date for whoever is up for it. A mix of me-time and friend dates is ideal!

I think January has the potential to be a good month, it is what you make of it! Stay positive, plan fun days out with your girl squad, do a few things to stay productive and have a few selfish days too. I’m all about the balance!

What do you do to stay on track when you’re feeling a little down?

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  • Such good tips Kate! I don’t tend to suffer from feeling down in January but I know a lot of people who do struggle during this month to get back on track and I’ll point them towards this post.
    Marbl☾☽Moon

  • Elisha Maè Iveson

    Lovely post Kate – I’ve been seeing a lot of January blues post and I love how you put a positive spin on it! All about the good vibes…

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  • Love this post! It is so motivating!

    Alisha x | http://www.alishaxali.blogspot.co.uk

  • I always think that after Christmas when there is so much celebrating going on that’s a good idea to adapt the practise to other and more smaller occasions instead. It’s a great way to spread the cheer throughout the year

    Mel ✨
    meleaglestone.co.uk
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  • Take a little time out to look after ourselves is the most wonderful thing we can reward to ourselves. And celebrate the very little things is also a pat on our back to let us know that we are heading in the right track … keep on & keep on! 💗👍🏼💗

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  • really useful post!
    Miki x

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  • After the excitement of Christmas it’s so important to wind down and get focused for the new year. Great post, very motivating!
    Ellie | elliekblog.blogspot.co.uk xx

  • I really enjoyed reading this one! Totally agree with everything you’ve said – I don’t like the whole “New Year, New Me” thing either. I look at January as a great place to start new things, sure, but I don’t like the pressure that comes with treating it as a clean slate. It’s not actually possible to do that, because it’s pretty rare that your circumstances will have changed completely since December!

    Sneha | lifewithsneha.com

  • This is such a great post! Exercising and alone time helps me to stay on track when feeling overwhelmed.

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  • Helen Campbell

    Great blog and I agree with a new year doesn’t have to mean a new you.

  • Ahhh I love this! I am all about self care and just generally looking after myself this January

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    Ellie xx

  • Tracey

    You have made some good points here, January feels particuarly miserable in the south west and we don’t even get snow to make up for all the greyness! I totally agree with your point about just doing it.
    Thanks!
    Tracey x
    girlabouthome.com

  • You are so right, this weather in January gets me down, too. Staying indoor does not make it better, I really have to remind myself to be a little more active in winter! Beautiful photos, I love your interior style.
    ♡Kristina
    TheKontemporary

  • I don’t seem to mind January anywhere near as much as I used to. I quite enjoy seeing it as a fresh start and looking forward to spring, although I’m getting pretty fed up of the cold weather now! x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

  • Not going to lie, I feel like the January blues have got to me this year… but I am plowing through and just waiting for Feb to arrive haha

    PoppyRKay // poppyrkay.blogspot.co.uk

  • The January blues are definitely getting to me, but this list of ways to get motivated definitely helps! <3 🙂 Thank you so much for these great tips!

    XO, Elizabeth
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  • I really need to start bullet journalling! Beautiful photos as always, Kate.

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  • Really lovely post, you always help me calm down, thank you! xo, Margot

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  • I had that mid Jan slump every year for the last few years too. Not this time, though, cause I wanted to combat it early, and have been doing some of the same steps to make sure it wouldn’t happen. I just wrote about it on my blog last week! I hope that the book writing goes well, sounds like an exciting year ahead!
    xx Jenelle
    http://www.inspiringwit.com

  • Jen

    Agree with all of these, Kate. Cannot believe January is already almost over though! Lovely photos. x

    Jen | affecionada

  • Maddison Jayne

    The photography within this post is stunning enough, but I do however love the more self-care, appreicating the little things, getting more organised and getting up and doing the day right but also just having fun, wonderful read x maddisonjayne.blog/

  • Lisa Autumn

    Self Care is so important! It even makes you more productive and a better person.. so it’s an amazing investment!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  • alice bea
  • how perfect are your pictues though? self-care is really important for me this january because I haven’t had the best time lately.
    ❤︎

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  • The pictures in this post are beautiful Kate! <3 This was so lovely to read xx

  • Always love your pictures, they’re inspiring! I’m been making myself get up and go this month. I’m going to the gym, going grocery shopping, basically just getting off the couch and doing things. It’s made a world of a difference! xx

    Dany | Danielle Reine

  • Rain

    Reading your beautiful posts and savouring your sublime photos is a big pick me up for January blues! I totally agree with everything you just mentioned especially self care and keeping track of goals and dreams for the year and the future. Keep your eyes on the prize is my motto! ❤️

  • I absolutely love this Kate! I’ve been doing everything you’ve listed and I’ve been feeling so good for it.

    Abi | abistreetx

  • Flo la vita

    I’m definitely trying to practice way more self-care this year too xx

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  • Fortune Dushey

    I like the idea of setting small goes so you don’t feel overwhelmed and I totally agree with you about not being too hard on ourselves. Still working on this one. Thank you for the reminder:)

  • I really like that you started this post with reminding us of the importance of self-care, because I think that is the thing we should all start our year with. I personally tend to push myself over the edge and have problems relaxing, cancelling plans or skipping gym, even tho I know it would sometimes be better. January and February are definitely one of the most difficult months of the year for me, as I was born in July and I have that eternal desire for fun, sun and summer nights all year long, but I think little changes in mindset like those suggested in your post could help me get trough the beginning of the year better!

    xx

    A.

  • Jess Molina

    I’m exactly the opposite! It’s summer in NZ and I am miserable as hell! Great tips x

  • I am all for a bit of self-care, I set myself some things to achieve in Jan and I’ve just not had either the energy or joy to complete them, opting to read some self-help books and have a lot of hot choc instead – so worth it!

    Lauren x
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