How To Beat The January Blues

Blue Monday is the 3rd Monday in the month of January. If you haven't heard of blue Monday before or have no idea what it is well it's supposed to be the day when we can get very sad and down in the dumps. It's not surprising really because January is probably the worst month of the year as it's the month after all the Christmas festivities and there is not much to look forward to. If you are feeling a little blue today then read our tips on how to beat the January blues.

Get Outside
On these darker days its only natural to want to stay inside and curl up on the sofa however it is best to try and get outside if you can. Going for a walk and getting some light can make us feel a whole lot better. In between Christmas and New Year we went out to the park a few times and it really did help. Just that bit of fresh air cleared our minds and dusted off the cobwebs.

Go Shopping
Taking a trip to the shops in January can really help beat those 'down in the dumps' days. There are lots of January sale bargains still to be had out there and finding something you want or need at a reduced price can give you a lift that you need.


Plan A Trip
After Christmas we all want something to look forward to so planning a trip is a great way to lift your spirits and have something planned in your diary. January is when I start browsing the Internet for cheap flights or breaks away, usually it involves a trip to Disney because I don't like not having anything in my diary to look forward to.

Try Something New
January is the month for resolutions, aims and goals but they are usually made up of things we want to change about ourselves. Whether it is our weight, our job, our lack of exercise. However it would be nice for one of our aims or goals to be something positive. Think about something you've always wanted to do whether it's learn a new language or  join a dance class and do it. It's good to try something new once in a while and get out of our comfort zones.


Me Time
We all need a little 'Me Time' however most of us tend to put others first and we forget about us. It's important to remember that we need time for ourselves away from busy work schedules and every day life. We need to make sure we take care of ourselves and January is the best time to start a new routine for ourselves whether it's a weekly pamper night, an early night or just curling up with that book that you've been meaning to read for a year. I am determined this year to read more and I'm starting with these two autobiographies.

If you are suffering from the January blues this year just remember you are not alone. Most of us don't like January but its just one month out of twelve and thankfully it's almost over.

Michelle

22 comments

  1. For the past two years I have booked a trip for the last weekend of January so that we always have something to look forward to. It works too and this weekend we are off to Denmark for an overnight trip

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  2. I love planning holidays in January it always boosts my mood! I'm like you I don't like having no holidays in my diary. I'm hoping to do Route 66 in September so I'm starting to plan that

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  3. Getting outdoors is a really important one for me - some fresh air can help to make me much happier :)

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  4. Great tips! January is so hard, I have SAD to it's really difficult at times! I think getting outdoors is the best therapy!

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  5. These are all such lovely ideas. I begin to feel a little better from later January onwards when our really cold weather and snow arrives. As though it is harder work it is much prettier and a welcome change from the drab grey rainy stuff

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  6. Yes to all of these, I do think going outside and wrapping up warm in the crisp air is so nice. I love having me time to make me feel good,a nice bath and a good book x

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  7. I always love planning a trip in January, it helps me beat the January blues! Great tips.

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  8. January is viewed in so many different ways, at the beginning we are hopeful, by Blue Monday we are a little despondent but making plans for the future helps to overcome this

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  9. I agree that being outdoors helps so much, but also having a day out to look forward to even if it is just somewhere local helps too.

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  10. By the looks of things, from social media and blog posts I'm seeing, it looks like my husband and I are the only people I know who don't dislike January, even though our house is freezing as we live in a country where central heating doesn't exist! Good month for all the possibilities ahead of us too, I like to think.

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  11. I am so lucky I was kept busy on Monday that the day went by very quickly! These are great tips for those feeling low to pick up themselves and do something really fun

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  12. I hear you on this one and these ar top tips. Planninga trip is always a good idea and takes your mind away :) xx

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  13. I completely agree that getting outside and arranging things to look forward to are brilliant ways encourage positivity. Blue Monday passed me by but I am getting fed up with being cold so am looking forward to the warmer months

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  14. I absolutely love those interesting tips to enjoy ourselves. Yes I do believe that “Me Time” is really important every once in a while to recharge so that we can be productive again.

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  15. Thank goodness this month is nearly over!! We like re-discovering old toys and watching family films over the month as usually too brassic to spend money. Walks help as well as boredom busters and to lift our mood! Great recommendations x

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  16. I swear, January lasts for about 34wks!!! Longest month ever - so I for one will be happy to see the back of it, lol!

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  17. Yes, yes and yes to all of this. Even when it’s freezing it’s so important to get outside and I definitely think making time for yourself is so important xx

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  18. January so far has been full of highs and lows for us. I definitely need to build some of these tips into my day to help with the down days.

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  19. I definitely suffer from the January Blues and find that getting outdoors as much as possible really helps. Thelighting this time of year is amazing so it also means I get some nice photo ops.

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  20. We got confirmation of two holidays on blue monday so it was definitely rosy for me :)

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  21. Excellent ideas - planning our summer hols always brightens our Jan

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  22. I hate January it always seems to drag on forever. These ideas are great. I went to the gym blue Monday so I could get out the house and work out my doom and gloom.

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Thanks for your comments. I love reading them :)