January Blues – A common occurrence for many of us! January is an odd month not only for the fact that many of us are reflecting on the previous year and what could happen in the upcoming year but the fact the days are still cold and nighttime falls around four pm. Its hard not to get stuck in a rut this time of year, but I am determined to beat the January Blues by concentrating the upcoming events we already have planned for 2019.
For me each season has something special to offer and although January falls into the winter months it does not mean it shouldn’t be celebrated for the wonders of cuddling up in a blanket with a hot cup of coco or heading out on a wintery walk. I know January isn’t the easiest month so I thought I would share my five top tips with you’ll for beating those January Blues!
5 Ways To Beat January Blues
Make plans for the year ahead. After spending ten days eating, drinking, sleeping and generally enjoying yourself it can be hard going back to the 9-5 grind. Tapping away at your keyboard at work replying to emails can really cause those January Blues to set in. Over the years I have learnt to start to plan events at the beginning of January to help prevent me feeling like I had nothing to look forward too in the up-coming year. Simple things, like an anniversary meal or a theatre trip.
Plan to see Friends & Family. If January is a bit of cash struggle for you try creating low cost plans, inviting friends or family around for a cup of tea and biscuits, going on a winter walk or even having people over for a home cooked meal. Sometimes the smallest plans are the most rewarding plans that allow you to laugh and smile without feeling like its costing you a small fortune.
Start to plan/book a holiday. Last year we didn’t get the opportunity to book a vacation in January as we knew we have some financial commitments lined up in 2018 but this year we are planning to book a holiday in January and even the idea that we are already looking into flights, accommodations, excursions is putting a smile on my face. For me, I enjoy the planning just as such as the vacation itself.
Get into a routine. For me this is a very important one, its so easy over the festive period to fall out of your day-to-day routine. If I’m honest some days I even had to check what day of the week it was! Heading back to work and back to routine is key to having a good start to the year, but also not going overboard. Whether its making sure you continue to make your lunch for work or not sleeping in past your alarm. Those little things can make the difference as to whether you feel like you got out of bed the wrong side that morning.
Set realistic goals for the year ahead. As January begins its important to set realistic goals, its easy to go overboard when it comes to “New Years Resolutions” and hand-in-hand can also make you feel rubbish if you are unable to achieve them. For example, I don’t think I have ever set the New Years Resolution of loosing weight or getting a gym membership and for me I know its probably not a realistic goal, not that I am unhealthy or overweight its just not the sort of goal I feel would work for me personally. Instead, I set goals such as “Upping My Beauty Game” Or “Self Care”. You can check out my 2019 goals by checking out the following post.