January Blues ~ how to deal with them. 

January blues, how are you dealing with them? It dawned on me that I was am suffering from a bad case of January blues and had to bring it to an end. I mean, just over 4 weeks ago we were celebrating Christmas and before we knew it the new year. For those of us who managed to get time off during the festive period, adjusting back to work is proving fatal. I can not for the life of me concentrate for longer than 2-3 hours at a time before wanting to fall asleep. So in order to break this crazy motion of January Blues, I decided to share what I am practicing.

January Blues

Book a holiday

Yes I know 90% of us are doing no-spend January but booking a holiday now gives you something to look forward to. You can pass time and boredom by marking up the calendar daily as the days fall to the waste side. A holiday does not need to be abroad, it can be a staycation within your country even city if you want. I had a lovely concert to attend with my sister in Birmingham and we made it into a nice staycation by booking a hotel near by.

Be social and meet up with friends 

I should really practice what I preach because I am so bad at meeting up with friends. Over the festive period a couple of friends and I had spa day then spent few days at mine. After that I have pretty much been a hermit only leaving my house for work though 90% of the time I am WFH. It was lovely having friends over so much that I have arranged to meet up with others sometime soon.

Be active

Again I should practice what I preach more often because though I am going it’s not nearly enough. I joined the gym last year many and went religiously until my 2-week vacation to Johannesburg in September. After that it was pretty hard to attend due to university, work plus blogging then festive period. Before I knew it, it was January and as mentioned above I am going just not enough.

Look after you

How to look after you adequately can only be defined by you. Some of us taking care of us could be a simple case of alone time or date night. Others it could be a lot more than that and might require some planning.

These are some of the things that are helping me conquer the  January blues?

 

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  1. Rose Ann Sales
    January 30, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    great tips! been wondering what to do the whole January but atlasst! January blues will end soon! lol. this are all great tips,

  2. January 29, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    These are great tips for someone who gets the post-holiday blues. I don’t really have a prob;em with that because I am always on the go and have no time to “get the blues”.

  3. January 29, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    These are all great ideas to beat the January blues! Especially the first one, I would LOVE to book a holiday right now!

  4. Frosted Events
    January 29, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    This is absolutely a great post, I had a bad January month it’s a full of problem but it so challenging sometimes I wish I can get into that Situation, I wish february be good to me since it’s my Birth year

  5. January 29, 2017 / 9:34 am

    Good tips, and most of which I’ve covered – got a couple of holidays to look forward to. I’ve seen lots of friends and family and I’m staying active 🙂 Goodbye Jan blues x

  6. Eileen Murphy Kelly
    January 29, 2017 / 5:12 am

    I hear you, somany have the January blues So funny the hubs and I are doing some major research for a winter break. We love the winter months but need a break and a relaxing vacation too. Going to the islands in February

  7. January 28, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    Great tips to deal with January blues. I am looking forward to our summer holiday, that’s what keeps me going! 🙂

  8. January 28, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    Great ideas. I got back from Milan some days ago. Best thing ever. Have a great February.

    • January 28, 2017 / 2:45 pm

      Thanks lovely, I hope you had a lovely time and wishing you a lovely Febraury too

  9. January 28, 2017 / 11:01 am

    Well, I’m glad you’ve got some great ideas on how to shake those post holiday blues! Friends and sunshine are always great remedies!

    • January 28, 2017 / 2:45 pm

      Always and yes friends and sunshine a great combination

  10. January 28, 2017 / 10:19 am

    I’m lucky that I don’t get chance for January blues because my daughter’s birthday planning takes up most of January. For me, it is February blues lol.

    • January 28, 2017 / 2:44 pm

      Oh how nice, I am sure the plans and party were/are a hit. Good luck with the February

  11. January 28, 2017 / 7:45 am

    Great tips. We booked a holiday, have made sure to socialise more and I’m doing more exercise. Still cannot wait for the sunshine though. xx

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:46 am

      I know the feeling and good for you

  12. WEMAKE7
    January 28, 2017 / 12:53 am

    I’ve been looking out for me as well by eating right and getting to the gym when I can. I feel like I have January blues as well and can’t wait until Spring.

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:46 am

      Glad to hear you’re looking after you

  13. Annemarie LeBlanc
    January 27, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    January for me is a month of new hope. I have to treat it as the month to plan and tweak ways to jump start a good rest of the year. I love your tips, and I have already been doing some of them (meeting up with friends mostly).

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:46 am

      I love your ideas too, I have done the same but after I was left feeling blah since some of my plans don’t start for another few weeks

  14. Kara
    January 27, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    I love the booking a holiday idea but sadly January is also the month where we are most skint LOL

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:45 am

      Hahaha I know the feeling and I am with you but the beauty these days if you can just do a deposit for your future vacation

  15. Annette Yedlin
    January 27, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    These are all great tips. My girlfriends and I are actually planning a girls night out soon. January has definitely been a crazy beginning to the year for me so taking time to just escape is wonderful.

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:44 am

      I have done the same with my girl friends and excited about our upcoming trip

  16. Amanda Marie
    January 27, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    These are some great tips! It’s amazing how just seeing our friends immediately brightens our mood!

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:43 am

      I know right, it makes a whole lot of difference

  17. Rebecca Swenor
    January 27, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    These are all great ways to stop the January blues. I know I visit friends and family a lot more during the winter months. We also go sledding and do outdoor activities together. Thanks for sharing the tips.

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:43 am

      You’re welcome, I have never done sledding before but would love to one day

  18. January 27, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    Aside from the holidays, my aunt and uncle came over and we were out almost everyday. Going back to the daily grind is definitely tough. I would love to get away even just for a day or two, without having to spend too much.

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:43 am

      It can be super difficult to get back into routine so a little powwow would be awesome to recharge and start again

  19. Marceline Dementori
    January 27, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    I really think it would be nice to go out and explore this month! It’s a nice change plus, it’s going to allow you to relax as you go about getting back to the daily grind.

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:42 am

      Exactly, I was hoping my car would be here by now so I can create a new routine involving exploring new towns

  20. Hra
    January 27, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    I definitely agree with this!! January i always a gap for me !

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:41 am

      It sure is for most of us

  21. Clair
    January 27, 2017 / 11:29 am

    I have just booked a holiday to Disneyland – very much cheered me up!

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:40 am

      Oooh that sounds awesome

  22. Zena's Suitcase
    January 27, 2017 / 9:09 am

    I would agree with all these, especially booking a holiday. I think having something to look forward to makes a huge difference

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:40 am

      Exactly, I am currently counting down to my vacation coming up

  23. Natalia Molinero Mingorance
    January 27, 2017 / 7:10 am

    these are great tips! sometimes it’s so difficult to take care of oneself, but applying those tips it’s motivating 🙂 x

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:40 am

      It can be difficult for sure but with a little motivation it can be done

  24. Amanda Simkin
    January 27, 2017 / 4:56 am

    I totally have the winter blues, especially now that my country is such a hot mess and I lost my dear grandmother. You have some great tips here…hopefully I can plan a trip to someplace warm and sunny soon!

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:39 am

      Aww bless your sweet head, sorry for your loss

  25. Claudia Krusch
    January 27, 2017 / 3:23 am

    January is always a blah month for me. I try to book a mini vacation and massage near the end of it every year.

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:39 am

      Now that is such a good idea, I need a massage for sure

  26. January 27, 2017 / 2:12 am

    Great tips. This month we got more social and met some new friends and it helped the ho hums a lot 🙂

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:38 am

      Awww that’s good to hear

  27. January 27, 2017 / 1:29 am

    Meeting up with friends or visiting the elderly, relatives sometimes when you don’t have anywhere to go this month is really a must. I am also thinking of some zumba or yoga classes during the weekend.

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:38 am

      Oh yes that’s a good idea, I have yoga during the week so cant wait for that

  28. January 26, 2017 / 11:30 pm

    These are great ways to combat January blues. We call them winter blues around here and I get to the point that I want to see green.

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:37 am

      Oh awesome winter blues! I want to see some greenery too

  29. Jennifer Parker-Gilbert
    January 26, 2017 / 11:10 pm

    I get the January blues, too. Not much happening in the winters in Michigan! I have to get better about the gym, as well. We have new work-out equipment. I just need the motivation to use it!

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:37 am

      It’s that motivation that most of us are in need of for sure

  30. Joanna
    January 26, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    Some great ideas I’ve definitely had the January blues this year. The cold,wet and dull weather doesn’t help.

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:36 am

      Nope it doesn’t for sure

  31. January 26, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    I’ve had the January blues too! Though mine were theft related – I still am going on a trip to see my friend in Seattle. I can’t wait!

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:36 am

      Oh dear what happened? Hope you have a lovely trip

  32. January 26, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    Ugh I am right there with you! This time of year always gets me down, the holidays are over but we are still stuck in winter. I am a sun and warm weather person and it is difficult this time of year. I agree that being active and getting outside any way you can really does help.

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:35 am

      I too am a sun and warm weather kind of person so winter is always a kill joy for me

  33. fivelittledoves
    January 26, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    Great post. I am really suffering with the January blues but my lovely husband is taking me away for the weekend which is just the boost we need!

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:34 am

      Awww how sweet of your hubby! Have fun for sure

  34. January 26, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    I know what you mean about the blues. Lucky for me, I have a trip to Disney coming up in March, so it’s not all bad!

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:34 am

      Ooh that will be fun. I have Budapest at end of Feb and Cyprus at beginning of March so excited about that too

  35. Pam
    January 26, 2017 / 6:35 pm

    I usually get the January blues, but this year the weather has been so weird that I really haven’t. Getting active and hanging out with friends are great ways to boost a mood.

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:33 am

      That’s good to hear, I didn’t realise I was having January blues until I realised I have been couped up inside for days

  36. January 26, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    The weather here in Michigan has been giving me the blues. Making it hard to get work done. All I want to do is grab a blanket and be lazy.

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:32 am

      Oh I know the feeling, England has been doing that to me and more

  37. January 26, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    Love these suggestions. One good thing about living in Florida, the sun shines all the time and the weather is great. A great way to stay motivated.

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:32 am

      So jealous of the Florida weather, in England I always feel cheated because we never have a proper summer

  38. tara pittman
    January 26, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    This dreary weather gave me a case of the blues. Finally the sun came out and I am doing better. Now the cold needs to go so I can go for a walk.

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:31 am

      At least you’re getting bounts of sunshine, nothing on my end so definitely need that warm holiday

  39. Chrishelle Ebner
    January 26, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    The weather has been so mild here in GA this January.We have been able to spend lots of family time outside,: fishing, kayaking, and picnicing. No blues here to report.

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:31 am

      Chrishelle I am totally hating right now as it’s blooming freezing here and been coupled up in doors most days

  40. Candy Kage
    January 26, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    We have a weekend get away coming up. Just what the doctor ordered. Looking forward and can’t wait.

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:30 am

      Oh have fun for sure, it’s exactly what the doctor ordered

  41. Doria Miyata Murphy
    January 26, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    These are great tips! We’re New Englanders and the winter months can be TOUGH. We tend to book travel at least a couple times over the course of the winter to get out and get a little extra vitamin D. 😉

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:30 am

      Sounds like England itself, I tend to book some holidays over the winter but 90% of the time it’s to places as cold as England lol

  42. Jeanette
    January 26, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    It’s funny that you say book a trip. That is actually what I’m doing right now. This summer after years of saving we are finally going to go to Hawaii and so we have been looking up stuff of places to visit when we get there.

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:29 am

      Oh wow I am so jealous right now because Hawaii is on my list of places to visit this year too

  43. January 26, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    I think for me, I need to take more down-time. I seem to be constantly working, so taking some time out and going out for the odd day here and then might help 🙂

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:28 am

      Sounds like a good plan to me

  44. Carol Speake
    January 26, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    Lots of great ideas here. I need to get up and be more active for sure. I’ve made some resolutions for social things in my calendar instead of just work. That helps.

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:27 am

      That’s good, doing other things outside work is such a good idea

  45. Talya Stone
    January 26, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    I agree being active and getting on with it massively helps but you really have to force yourself to do it!

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:27 am

      Oh absolutely it takes lots of will power

  46. January 26, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    Booking holidays’ is a great way to beat the January blues. I booked time off work for pre-planned trips as soon as I got back into the office on 3rd x

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:27 am

      I did exactly the same thing and excited for my first trip abroad

  47. Robin Rue
    January 26, 2017 / 10:47 am

    I am loving your tips. I know a lot of people feel down this time of year.

    • January 28, 2017 / 8:26 am

      Thanks Robin, January seems to have a lot of have in a downward grip

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