December is such a busy, intense and draining month that it’s no surprise that by the time January rolls around, we’re all exhausted.
Exhausted from eating.
Exhausted from socialising.
Exhausted from everything.
For some of us, the wave of depression and gloom hits us hard so I wanted to share my tips on beating the January blues.
Declutter and cleanse
I’m so obsessed with decluttering my room that I’m surprised I even have anything left in it. But I feel like January is the perfect time to declutter everything. I’m talking your wardrobe, social media, knicker drawer, phone, makeup collection, car, desk, kitchen cupboards, basically anything. You’ll feel 10 times better when you get rid of all the unnecessary shit which doesn’t bring you any joy or you just don’t need! If you need a few ideas on how you can cleanse your phone then I strongly recommend taking a look at Vix’s thread on Twitter!
Don’t bother with unrealistic resolutions
There is so much pressure to come up with the most inspiring new year’s resolutions year after year, especially when most people plaster them all over social media but I’ve found that sometimes they can have a damaging effect. If you set unrealistic resolutions which you can’t achieve, it kinda sets you up to fail which isn’t going to help lift you out of the January blues! So instead of telling the world that you’re going to stop smoking, drinking and eating chocolate AND you’re going to go to the gym five times a week AND you’re going to read a book a week like you’re some kind of superhero, just write down a list of a few smaller, more achievable goals.
Write a list of everything you can look forward to
January has always been a bit of a dull month for me and I never have a lot going on in my social life which makes it feel even longer. Something which I’ve done for the last couple of years is write a list of everything I have to look forward to for the next month or so. Whether you’ve booked a staycation somewhere, got family visiting who you never see or you’re finally gonna go on that date night you’ve planned for ages, stick it on the list! Then when you’re feeling a bit down in the dumps, you can whack out the list and see what exciting plans you’ve got coming up!
Get back into the swing of things
I’ve always known I need routine in my life but I didn’t realise how important it is for me until the last week or so. The weird inbetweeny bit from Boxing Day to New Year sends the UK into a state of confusion and we sort of stumble around feeling like we’ve just woken up from a nap, not knowing what the day is.
Getting back into the swing of things can really help when it comes to beating the January blues so try and start incorporating all your usual habits back into your life. These could be things like waking up at 6.30 for work, going to the gym, eating healthier, walking the dogs, cutting down the alcohol, playing tennis or whatever your day to day tasks are!
Be careful with your money
It feels like forever waiting for January pay day so to avoid the additional stress of not having any money, it’s really important that you don’t fritter what you have away. Be sensible and make the right decisions – if you’ve only got a tenner to last the rest of the week, are you really gonna go and spunk it on McDonalds when you’ve got petrol to pay for? I mean, as much as I love a 99p cheeseburger, even I would prioritise my car!
IMO, January is what you make of it so if you stay positive and keep busy, it should be able to help you when it comes to beating the January blues! But don’t forget, we all need time to recuperate after the crazy Christmas rush and sleeping in until 11 on a Sunday isn’t a crime!
What are your top tips for beating the January blues?