How to not Hate Life this January

In a couple of days Christmas will be well and truly over. Out go the decorations, the lights in the street, the fridge full of nice food and in comes the new calender with next to nothing to write on it and the panic of how much work you have left yourself to get done before going back to uni. January is a month of coming back down to earth, the return of routine and the lack of anything to look forward to. Every year a random Monday in January is declared ‘the most depressing day in the year’ and unless we get snow, the weather is always miserable. It’s no wonder people hit the January sales and book their summer holidays to try and cheer themselves up, but here are a few cheaper ways to beat the January Blues:

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Try Something New:

Whether you’re the New Year’s resolution type or not, January is a great time to take up a new hobby. Ask around societies to see if this new term is a convenient time to join, as it probably will be, or fill your cold dark evenings with something in your own home, like baking, starting a blog or learning to play the guitar. Taking up something new will boost your well-being and distract you from the boredom of there being no more Christmas.

Look After Yourself:

I don’t know about you, but slacking on the pampering eventually gets me down. It’s easy in winter to give up on looking after your skin and hair and your overall self, but if it’s something that makes you feel good in the summer, you’ll eventually miss it in the winter. Treat yourself to long baths, indulge in your favourite beauty products and generally waltz around like a bit of a goddess, it’ll do you good.

Eat Good Mood Food:

The temptation to cheer yourself up with comfort food and ready meals can be strong at this time of year, but though you may get momentary satisfaction, eating majorly processed food will bring your mood down overall. If you’re tempted by a take-away or another night of potato waffles and beans try and remember how good fresh foods make you feel. Keep eating fruit and veg and brain boosting foods like fish to make sure your diet isn’t making you feel down this January.

soup 4Plan Something To Look Forward to:

An empty calender is the perfect excuse to plan something to be excited about. Not got any parties coming up? Throw one! Or ask the social secretary of a society you’re part of what the next social event is going to be. If your workload is especially heavy (I feel your pain), plan in a weekend to go home and unwind after a deadline.

Catch Up With Old Friends:

Now that no-one is as busy after Christmas, January is the perfect time to catch up with friends you haven’t been making enough time for. Go and visit a friend at their university or have a long phone callΒ with a pal you miss – it’s a sure-fire way to boost your mood. It might be cold outside, but you can always warm your cockles with a chin-wag with a bestie.

 

6 Comments

  1. December 30, 2014 / 7:10 am

    Good God, I really do despise January – it always feels like such a let down after all the indulgences at Christmas! Will definitely be taking on-board some of your advice here, especially the ‘meeting up with friends’ bit πŸ™‚ And I’m also trying to just be better at sending birthday cards – kind of retains the joy of Christmas while also keeping in touch with people πŸ™‚ Happy New Year!

    • Emily
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      December 30, 2014 / 9:23 am

      That is such a good idea! It’s great to keep up the celebrations, I’ll be trying that too now! Hope you don’t hate your January as much as usual this year, and happy new year to you too! x

  2. December 30, 2014 / 7:15 am

    Great tips, especially the pampering and eating good food. After the laziness of Christmas I always feel bit meh and just want to eat good yummy healthy food, and make myself feel ‘me’ again with a bit of pampering. Also January is definitely the best time to start a new hobby or join a society, I might try and pick up a hobby, although blogging is a pretty time consuming hobby! I do love it though πŸ˜€

    Happy New Year, hope it’s a great one for you πŸ™‚

    Emma xx
    Writing Essays With Wine

    • Emily
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      December 30, 2014 / 9:25 am

      Ha yeah blogging is very time consuming! Maybe instead of trying something new just spending more time blogging will help distract you from the January blues! πŸ™‚ And I know what you mean about food, I’m actually looking forward to there not being loads of crap in the cupboards! Happy new year to you too, and thanks for reading my blog throughout 2014, I really appreciate all your comments πŸ™‚ x

  3. December 31, 2014 / 7:32 am

    I think the January blues are unavoidable- I always get a bit down after new years but these tips are very helpful πŸ™‚ I really love the idea of planning things to look forward to. Me and my best friend have already planned a girls holiday to Paris, to see S club 7 on their tour (lol) and to just do random stuff to make 2015 the best year yet. Happy New Year- I hope 2015 brings you everything you want πŸ˜€

    Sarah
    http://www.imaginedreamwrite.com

    • Emily
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      January 6, 2015 / 4:49 am

      Yes planning nice things is so important! I have my birthday in January so that’s always something to plan for and look forward to! Sounds like you’re gonna have a fab 2015! Happy new year to you too! x

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