How to beat the January blues.

I know for a fine fact that I am in the majority when I say January, is shit.

As Christmas is nearing, I  love nothing more than cosy evenings in front of the telly, hot drinks and fleecy pyjamas. That’s what Christmas is all about! However, once that’s all done and dusted, we have to face another 3 months of freezing cold, dark and dreary months.

I’ve been feeling sorry for myself a little latley and i’ve found a few little tips to help with the dreaded January blues. Fortunately, January is almost over but none the less, here are my tips.

1. Detox: I think it’s fair to say that most of us have maybe over indulged over the Christmas period, and it’s hard to get out of that habit. We’ve all drank far too much alcohol, and eaten our body weight in chocolates and other festive goodies.

For me, detoxing/dieting is not going to happen on January 1st. The cupboards still have loads of leftover food and booze in. Personally, I think it’s okay to hold onto Christmas for a couple of weeks but now, it’s time to knuckle down. Cut down on alcohol. Join the gym. Join a weight loss group. Start running, or even just walking. If you’re nervous about going to the gym, there are so many great workout videos free on YouTube.

I’m not going to say diet, because we all know that diets don’t work. Instead, try making better choices. Try cutting down on sugar, or white bread. Drink more water or green tea. Use the stairs instead of the lift. Try to make little lifestyle changes and that should in time, make much more difference than a fad diet.

2. Book a holiday: It’s freezing right now (In the UK at least) and most of us are dreaming of sun, sea and sand. I am the kind of person who constntly needs something to look forward to, and i’m always looking to book my next getaway. Even if you don’t have much money, most travel agents still have their January sales on. This means cheap holidays and cheap deposits. If you can’t afford one anytime soon, then book in advance and pay monthly. Just having a holiday to look forward to makes work that little bit easier.

3. Get a new job: Now, we probably all feel like we hate our job right now. It’s dark in the mornings and when we go home. We could think of a million things we’d rather be doing. Just try and ask yourself, do you really hate your job, or are you suffering with the January blues? Personally, I enjoy my job. I love what I do and I like the people I work with, it’s a good job. Yes, I don’t feel much like working at the moment, but a job change isn’t the answer. Really, I need to suck it up and realise it’s not so bad. I just need to hold out for the warmer months. However, if you’ve felt like this for a long time, then you’re probably not in the right job. I know it’s not that easy to just quit your job, but if it’s making you miserable then you need to get job hunting. If you’re not too fussed where you want to work but just need some cash, then ask around, hand out your CV’s around town, apply for as many jobs as you can. If you want to do something specific then do a course, get a degree, go part time while you figure out what you want to do. I know it’s not easy, but don’t just make do.

4. Be social: It’s easy to become a recluse in January. You have no money, it’s cold and it’s miserable and you’d rather lay around in your pyjamas. However, although you might think this is what you want, what happens is that you usually end up feeling more tired and sluggish and probably end up eating out of boredom.

I know it’s hard, but get up! Go out with friends or your partner. Go for food, drinks, go to the cinema, go to a comedy gig, see a show, do stuff! If you’re strapped for cash, host something. Cocktails, dinner, a movie night, a games night . You don’t need loads of money to see friends, but being more sociable will most definitely lift your mood.

5. Stop feeling sorry for yourself: This one is hard. I am a self confessed moper. I would say I suffer a little from SAD. Not to the extreme, no. But I defitley feel down a lot in the winter. It’s dreary and I feel like I’m doing nothing with my life. What I’ve realised is, I’m not the only one who feels this way. It’s just a fact that January is shit! I know that I enjoy my life. I like my job, I travel a lot, I have a small, but good group of friends, a loving family and an amazing boyfriend. It’s easy to get down but I have to remind myself that actually, I have it pretty good. The thing I find myself getting down about the most is thinking ‘what am I going to do with my life?’ I have a degree but I am no closer to knowing what I want to do. I’ve come to realise that whilst I’m enjoying my job, then I don’t need to worry about that.

If you don’t enjoy your job then maybe it will be harder for you, but there are some things you can try. Leave your job for another similar job. It may not be the job you hate, but the company or the management. Go to college or uni and aim towards a career you know you want. If you have a skill, start a business, such as doing makeup, nails or even babysitting. And lastly, travel! Whilst at university, I couldn’t travel long term but I have interailled Europe twice for a month each time. Fortunately for me, I lived at home during uni so I used my grant to travel. It’s not always that easy but having a big trip planned definitely makes going to work a lot easier. I’ve always wanted to travel for a longer period, or live abroad. I never had a gap year but it’s never too late. My goal is to save, save, save and this time next year, maybe I won’t need to beat the January blues because hopefully I’ll be somewhere hot, starting an adventure of a lifetime.