Now I’ll be completely honest, I hate this time of year! Spring and summer seems like forever away, it’s cold and dark and I just don’t enjoy it. I always get hit really badly by the January blues but this year I’m trying my hardest to not get stuck in a rut. So today I’m going to share with you my top 5 ways to beat those January blues!
1 – Book a holiday or trip – I’m actually really struggling this year as I cant do this. Due to our mortgage about to complete we just don’t have the money to fork out on a holiday. But usually, I always book my summers holiday during January as it gives me something to focus on and look forward to. Even if you cant afford a week abroad, you could always opt for a weekend away in a cottage which is equally as nice. I’d highly recommend Nyland Lodge that I went to last year! 🙂
2 – Plan to see friends – I find having plans really helps me beat those January blues as I have something to look forward to! I’ve already arranged various meet-ups with friends throughout January. We’re going out for a few meals and also boyfriends are included too which will be super fun!
3 – Get into a routine – I don’t know about you, but I find that simply having a routine instantly puts me in a better mood. This year I’m trying to incorporate 2 visits to the gym each week as I know it’s good for my physical and mental health. I’m also trying to get myself organised with meal planning and making lunches the night before for work.
4 – Make plans for the year ahead – I just love to have things to look forward to, it gets me through the daily 9-5 grind. I work somewhere that I have to pick all of my time off at the start of the year (which is kind of annoying). But because of this, I can make nice plans for the year. Shaun and I will plan theatre trips, weekend breaks, days out etc.
5 – Set realistic goals – January is a time that we all set ourselves goals, but sometimes people go completely overboard and set unrealistic goals … This just sets us up to fail which in turn makes us feel rubbish. For example, I don’t ever set a goal to lose weight as I know I’ll end up feeling upset. Instead, I set a goal to live a healthier lifestyle which is more achievable. You can check out my goals for the year here.
I hope this is helpful to everyone for beating those January blues. If you have any other suggestions please leave them in the comments below 🙂