You’re two weeks into the New Year, and your good intentions of ‘New Year, new me’ are a distant memory, the cupboards are as bare as your bank account, and the weather makes you want to build a bed fort and stay there until The Great British Bake Off returns.
Blue Monday is here, and whether or not you believe in the day itself, there’s a lot to be said for wanting a pick me up after the festivities have long passed, and the post Christmas blues start to kick in.
So we have come up with 5 ways to beat that Blue Monday feeling…
1. Spend time with friends
Whether you order a takeaway and watch a film together, or each bring a healthy dish and have a catch up – spending time with friends that you consider to be ‘happy’ is more likely to improve your mood.
2. De-clutter the house
Once all the Christmas decorations have been packed away for another year, you could get stuck into cleaning out all those cupboards you crammed everything into ‘while the relatives were visiting’. You don’t have to throw it all away – donating or recycling what you don’t want will give you a positive feeling from doing your bit for the environment.
Or if you’re a little strapped for cash this month, take your unwanted items, (and dare we say Christmas presents?) to a car boot. If the weather is a little ropy why not use some selling sites such as Ebay or Shpock instead?
3. Pin up your resolutions
Writing down your New Year’s resolutions and putting them up (we’ve found this great guide by ‘My little Secrets’ on pinning up your resolutions) somewhere in view will help to refocus on your goals. But if they start to feel more like a chore than a positive change, take a look online to see how you can shake up that work out, or what super foods are in this year to save you from all that celery.
Remember don’t give yourself too many resolutions; the more you have, the more likely you are to fail.
4. Be Positive – You got this!
Tell yourself five positive things every morning. It may feel silly at first – and for some, hard work, but it will get easier the more you do it. And in time it will put you in a positive frame of mind to set you up for the rest of the day. Now you can take on anything; ten mile traffic jam on the way to work? Not a problem, you got this – it’s now a chance to improve on that solo right? Or listen to that podcast or audio book you’ve been meaning to listen to for a while?
5. Start saving for Christmas now
That way when it comes around next year, January won’t feel as tight. If you put just £10 a week aside, by Christmas you will have £520! Think you can cut back on a couple of those fancy coffees each week? Sorted!
Top Tip: most shops are now selling off Christmas cards and wrapping paper, so grab yourself a bargain and avoid paying full price for them next year.
Yes the Magic of Christmas may have passed and it may be some time before your next holiday, but don’t feel deflated, you have a whole year of exciting opportunities, sunny days, BBQs and picnics to look forward to; and after all, January is just the beginning…