The festive season is over, we are nearly at the end of the month and lets be honest, January is the gloomiest time of the year. Not only is everyone on a down low, revising for exams or back to work, the weather is horrible. It is cold, rainy and still getting dark at 4:30PM, what could be more depressing? January is the time when we all begin our annual resolutions and taking a long break before St Valentines Day. Throughout the Christmas period, you think the first month of the New Year as a time to revamp yourself after the craziness but in my case, it has been the complete opposite.
A week into January I went back to University where I found myself spending a lot of time on my own as everyone was either revising for their exams or hadn’t come back yet. Although this should of given me a reason to start going to the gym, getting myself back into blogging and trying to get into my New Years resolutions, I spent myself going into a downward spiral where I was spending my time doing absolutely nothing. The vibe at University was not a nice one, so after I had done my presentation to finish one of my modules (which went horrendously) I came straight home and I am glad I did. I ended up spending 5 days in bed with the Australian flu, so yes my start to 2018 has not been a great one.
For the past week I have had the whole week off before I am starting my new modules again in February and it has been lush. I have relaxed, got back into the gym and caught up with all my friends from home. After a miserable month I am looking forward to getting back into my University lifestyle in February.
Although I have spent a lot of these past few weeks on a low, I have found a few tips to keep myself going that I want to share with you all. I know this post is about beating January blues but these points can help you at any time of the year.
1. Hit the sales
This is the first tip as obviously after Christmas there are sales absolutely everywhere and who doesn’t get cheered up by a little bit of retail therapy.
2. Start planning the Summer
This is something that will always boost your mood, thinking about the Summer. After Christmas and New Years it will feel like you have nothing to look forward too, so buying tickets for a festival or booking a holiday will always keep you motivated to make it through the rest of the year.
3. Get some fresh air / exercise
I am lucky enough to have a beach just 10 minutes from where I am living in Bournemouth, so whenever I feel as if I have not been productive or left the flat much I always try and walk down to the beach, just to get some fresh air. Doing exercise is very important as well, so joining your local gym or going on a run will definitely boost your mood and keep you motivated.
4. Visit your friends
After spending so much time with your family and friends over the festive period, going into January will also seem very lonely. So catching up with friends, even just grabbing a coffee will put you in a better mood.
I hope these few tips will help you like they have helped me. Isn’t January the most depressing month?