Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Surviving the January Blues

Hello!
It can be a bit of a downer, waking up in a new year, realising that all the excitement of Christmas and the New Year celebrations has been over and done with. January can be quite a depressing month, many people don't have much money and you have to return back to the your everyday routine -which can be quite the task when you've just had a couple of weeks to relax and eat as much as you want while watching movie after movie! I've compiled some tips to help you feel the best you can in the grey month of January!

-Remember it's a fresh start.
Whether or not you make resolutions, it's the perfect time to start a fresh with something. Pick up a new hobby or make a habit of something new. I know you don't have to wait until the new year to change, but sometimes it's easier if you have a 'clean slate'. A year is 365 days, that means you have 365 blank pages ahead of you!

- Cozy pamper nights
January is usually wet and rainy, as well as boring and deflating with Christmas and the new year just gone, give yourself a treat and have a relaxing pamper night. Have a long bath with your favourite bath bomb and some candles, use your favourite body lotion, get into some super comfy PJs, and enjoy a movie with a face mask on and munching on your favourite takeaway and a glass (or two!) of wine. It's the perfect way to de-stress and have a little 'me' time, and can leave you feeling fresh and ready to tackle what January throws at you! I love this blog post and Zoella's video about pamper evenings if you wanna see more about the best things to do on pamper nights!

-Healthy diet 
I'm sure you've heard this a million times, but I'm gonna include it anyway! You've likely spent the past couple weeks living off sweets and Christmas leftovers (if you're anything like me you've almost exclusively lived off cheese and crackers!), so getting back into a healthy diet can improve your mood ten-fold. I don't know about you but after eating junk for a while I start to feel tired and down, but ater a few days of eating the right things my mood is much better (+ you feel great about yourself for actualy being healthy!) Even though it's not the mst fun of thing, it's worth a try, right?


-Structure
 This one is also a little boring, but if you're anything like me, you let your normal routine slip during Christmas, so now it's time to establish routines again. Having a regular sleeping pattern, regular meal times etc. will improve your mood as it has adds a little regularity into your life.

 - Schedule fun things
It can be a bit daunting to go back to that mountain of work you had, whether that's in school, colege or work, things can feel a little overwhelming. Scheduling fun things can help take your mind off things, so maybe once a week you can see a friend, go for a walk, have a movie night, etc. Mark it down on your calendar. Do something that makes you happy. It helps to have time away sometimes :)

If all else fails, if your family is anything like mine, you'll probably have a huge pile of Christmas chocolate left. Who's day isn't brightened by chocolate?

What do you do to survive the January blues?
Untl next time!
-Cait xx

2 comments:

  1. These are some really useful tips! :) xx

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