Christmas and New Year are nothing but a distant memory now; we are well into January and now that all the festivities are over I’m definitely feeling the January blues. January must be the most miserable month of the year and it can be hard to get out of the rut you’ve found yourself in.
Here are 10 ways you can beat the January blues and get yourself into the swing of things for a great 2017!
Detox your wardrobe
Unless you’re some sort of magical being, you’ve likely gained weight over Christmas and have clothes in your wardrobe that no longer fit. Unless it is a garment you love, hoarding clothes that don’t fit as a way to motivate yourself to lose the weight can be toxic to your well-being and self esteem. Go through your wardrobe and throw out any clothes that don’t fit you, no longer suit your style or you just aren’t excited about! Your clothes should represent your personality and help you portray yourself how you want to be seen by others.
Cut ties with negative influences
We all have those people in our lives that suck the life out of you and make you feel deflated, yet we still choose to spend time with them. Do you ever meet up with a friend and feel worse for it afterwards? Surrounding yourself with negative people who don’t encourage your dreams and inspire you to be a better person will only bring you down. Start the new year with a fresh outlook and cut ties with people who still connect you to events and negative feelings you’d rather leave in the past.
Change up your style
January is the perfect time to reinvent yourself and create a fabulous new you. Feel sluggish in your current getup and want to embrace some of the new trends? All you have to do is get out there! Try to avoid the January sales as these will make you impulse buy things you don’t really want, and look at the new collections and see how you can incorporate the new colour schemes and styles into your work and social life.
Treat your hair
A great way to feel brand new and ready for a new year is getting a fresh hair cut. If you have long hair, why not be daring and get a bold shorter style? Hair grows back – what do you have to lose? If you’re currently growing out your hair or don’t want to take the plunge, treat yourself to a lovely salon experience or indulge in an at home hair mask to pamper those locks!
Pamper your skin
The cold January weather can be disastrous to your skin and make your face feel dull and dry. This is the perfect time of the year to treat your skin to some pampering! For brighter looking skin, I recommend The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser – this stuff is AMAZING and has been my holy grail moisturiser for over a year now. The 50ml pot lasts a very long time and helps to plump and illuminate your skin, perfect for dull January. I’ve currently just finished my second pot and need to purchase a third! For extra pampering, why not grab your friend/sister/boyfriend and get them to do a face mask with you? I think my boyfriend secretly loves face masks more than I do so he was more than happy for a pamper session on this particularly evening!
Put your feet up
Getting back into the swing of things at work after having time off for the holidays can feel daunting, so when you get chance after work or on weekends you should designate some ‘me’ time to put your feet up. Whatever you enjoying doing, whether that is catching up on your favourite show or reading a book; you should always put aside time each day to do at least one thing that brings you joy.
Try something new
What better time than January to try something new? If one of your new year’s resolutions was to be more adventurous and try new things, I hope you have stuck to it and have found yourself a new hobby. If not, now is a better time than any! To avoid feeling down in the dumps, you should try to find something that keeps your mind and body active. My boyfriend and I have started (meaning we’ve bought the equipment and done it once…oops) doing yoga as we both thought this would be something fun and active we could do together, as we’re definitely not one of those jogging together couples! As well as this, for Christmas my parents bought my sister and I a cupcake decorating session which was something I never would’ve thought of doing myself but loved.
I always get January blues because it’s this point of the year where I have nothing to look forward to; no holidays booked, my birthday is 8 months away and the weathers going to be shite until at least June. Having something to work towards can be really empowering so I highly recommend planning things to spread out throughout the year to keep you going! Your plans don’t have to be expensive, they can be as simple or outgoing as you like which is the best thing about it; it’s completely unique to your interests and budget. After going abroad for the first time last year, I’m looking forward to my boyfriend and I booking our first holiday away together in 2017!
Break bad habits
Bad habits can be hard to identify, but even harder to break. Bad habits can come in all different shapes and sizes from bad spending and eating habits to simple things such as being messy or biting your nails. Start your new year how you mean to go on and thrive to improve yourself. Personally, I have bad eating habits and eating healthy is difficult but since the new year I have been sticking to a meal plan of healthy (but not diet) foods and been trying to eat breakfast so that I don’t snack throughout the day.
For printable meal planning templates, see here. I printed off template 6 and it now resides on my fridge – love it 🙂
In the age of social media, it can be very easy to constantly compare your appearance and your life to others although you really are only seeing a snapshot of someone else’s life! Self love is important in order to appreciate your own unique abilities, strengths and weaknesses so in 2017 I’m open to exploring more self love activities. As someone who is a well known stress head, I’ve started looking into the act of mindfulness to see if this will help me handle stress and be more present.
What do you do to beat the January blues? 🙂