How to Beat the January Blues in 2018

New Year! New You?

I have never been one to delude myself with such statements and often prefer a more sensible approach. Why? Because I know myself only too well. I would much rather set SMART achievable goals than plot New Year’s Resolutions. Resolutions which come end January, end March at best I would have forgotten and forsaken, no thanks.

Whilst the rest of the world is reflecting on the newly ended year, some are already suffering from January Blues. How do the January Blues manifest themselves? Well it differs in each individual but are you;

  • Lacking motivation? Whilst this can also be attributed to either laziness or too much turkey stuffing.
  • Anxiety creeping in all the time
  • Low mood most of the time?
  • Low libido – also try some Viagra {just in case}

Or maybe for you its none of the above. But maybe its seeing other people excelling in their lives and nothing is happening in yours. No matter how many times we tell ourselves not to compare your start to someone’s middle, we still do it. It is the nature of the best, but it doesn’t always have to be like that. We can make small changes to beat the January Blues.

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How to Beat the January Blues in 2018

Whilst most of us are still high on the fun of the festive period others are planing ways to beat the January Blues. Are you on the former or the latter side? I am feeling more in the former than the latter camp because well, I used my January Blues tips I shared last year to peck myself up.

This year, I thought I share more tips on how you can beat the January Blues in 2018;

Declutter your Home

When was the last time you decluttered your home? Recently or are there cobwebs in that area? I try to declutter every 6 weeks but for the last few months I have only done minimal. January is the perfect time to declutter, wanting to start the New Year afresh. You don’t have to declutter your home all at once, but pace yourself and tackle rooms individually.

Have something to look forward to!

I have found when one has something to look forward to your mind doesn’t often wonder on the unnecessary things. For me I focus my mind on whatever it is I am looking forward to and that helps me manage my January Blues. I put together some ideas of what you can plan and look forward to in 2018;

  • A getaway or holiday
  • Dinner date with friends
  • Plan a birthday party
  • Have afternoon tea

Do something fun

Everyone’s definition of fun is different, I for one classify traveling abroad every other weekend as fun. Others consider cross fit as fun, sister I am looking at you here. Whilst for others it could be enjoying online games such as bingo or slot machines. I am partial to a bit of bingo but I always win, attending casinos reminds of the 007 themed party in my final year. Now that was some great fun and something to beat the January Blues with.

Start a new routine

We are a creatures of habit and sometimes you don’t even realise it until someone points it out. Starting a new routine makes you think more about what you want to do and achieve. It takes your mind off feeling low and unmotivated to do new things. Whilst others like me experience January Blues mildly, others it can take a real toll. A new routine of something you’ve always wanted to do, or something that fits perfectly into your current routine.

Is it;

  • Joining your local yoga class or running group
  • Waking up 10 minutes earlier
  • Adding meditation to your routine?

It can be anything you want, take time to look at your current routine, what you can add or remove.

Be realistic with your goals!

Let’s get real for a moment, whilst I think starting a new routine is much easier, it’s not the same for others. It’s all well and good me saying ‘declutter your home’ or ‘start a new routine’ but are you willing to follow through? Most of us start with the right intentions and are pumped about starting something new. Review your past, your history and figure out why you’ve never been able to stick to anything. Why do you end up quitting whatever you start and not seeing it to completion. Be realistic with your goals, don’t over commit yourself to something that will only make you feel bad.

Anyone can overcome the January Blues, the question is, are you willing to put in the work?

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  1. LucyDorrington
    January 11, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    These are great ideas. It is so easy to feel down in January, particularly if life isn’t going as well as it could.

  2. January 10, 2018 / 8:00 am

    I love these! I’ve started new habits and mindfulness is one of them. I also always have a huge declutter 2 days before the New Year so I can start the year running. 🙂 x

  3. Kristine Nicole Alessandra VA
    January 7, 2018 / 6:06 pm

    January is a time where I look back on the year that passed. I actually write down my achievements and my failures in my journal. That is my starting point for the new year. How can I improve? How can I continue the habits that brought me success last year? I don’t have the January blues because for me, it is a time to give thanks for the events, the lessons, the blessings and everything that I was and had in the previous year.

  4. Deborah Nicholas
    January 7, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    I love january its like a whole new clean slate to start afresh!

  5. OhNikka
    January 7, 2018 / 1:22 pm

    I’m not going to let this cold give me the blues! I’m going to concentrate on my goals for the year!

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