Wednesday 10 January 2024

How to beat the January blues!

January is the worst month! It's a fact! It seems to drag on forever, it's cold, wet and dark, the excitement from Christmas and the new year is long gone and it is just a challenge to muster up the enthusiasm for the 31 days which seem like they can easily be 65. lol

January planner

Here are some ways to improve your January!

Set Realistic Goals:
Most of us who make New Year's resolutions break them by the end of January so instead set small, achievable goals for yourself. Don't go all gung-ho into something, be kind to yourself.

Have a good routine! 
Create a morning routine that makes you want to jump out of bed (or at least hit snooze one less time) and have a good routine on an evening to end your day on a high. Focus on eating good meals, regular exercise and enough sleep.

Get moving! 
Exercise has such an impact on our mood and well being. It could be a short walk outside, a home workout or joining a fitness class. Physical activity can boost your energy levels and lift your spirits. I start out with good intentions in January, exercising and even though I don't stick to it throughout the year it does help me get through the longest month.

Start a new hobby!
January is a new start so it's a great time to start a new hobby or project. Do something crafty, get in the kitchen or even join a club and meet some new people.

Embrace Hygge:
The Danish concept of "hygge" encourages finding joy in simple, cosy moments and at this time of year that is easy to do. Create a warm space in your home with soft blankets, scented candles, and your favourite hot drink. Embracing hygge can transform the winter months into a time of comfort.

Be positive!
Replace negative thoughts with positive one's. Start a daily journal to jot down things you're happy about or thankful for and reflect on the positive experiences. I write something down each day that I am grateful for and even on the worst days I can find some good!

Plan something!
Break up the monotony of January by planning activities for later in the year which are something to look forward to. Last year we started planning our summer holiday in January and it really helped make the month feel a little more exciting! Plan a weekend getaway, a day trip or an evening out. Looking forward to something can give you a real boost.

Channel your inner Marie Kondo and declutter your space. A tidy home equals a tidy mind or so they say! I know when I have had a good de-clutter around the house I feel better about myself and what better time to do it. January lasts forever, you might as well make most of the time. hehehe

Meet up with friends and family!
Go for a coffee with someone or do some window shopping with a friend. You are not only getting out but speaking to people and socialising really helps our mental health. It's good to talk!

Pamper Yourself!
Self care is important and indulge yourself to nurture your mind and body. Treat yourself to a spa day at home with a bubble bath and a face mask, have a nice cup of tea with some posh biscuits or dive into a good book! 

What do you do to help with the January blues?


  1. I agree with setting up goals that are doable, otherwise one is setting themselves up for failure. I also agree with making plans, I find that helps too.

  2. January 2024 at 17:05

    The dark and grey days are hard in January X

  3. Even though it’s summer over here and we are enjoying the school holidays. I still feel sad when all the festivities are finished. For me January flies so fast because I’m not at work and enjoying the break. It’s June to August that feel so long for me because it’s winter and there isn’t much to look forward to as far as celebrations. Once we hit September that’s when I feel so excited again because its spring!