January is here along with the same old January Blues. It is one of my favourite months of the year because it is my birthday month. But it can also be an incredibly tough month for many. The Christmas and New Year celebrations usually leave us feeling heavier and our bank accounts lighter. With the crazy Christmas shopping and Boxing Day sales that follows, many of us struggle to make ends meet in January with bills being left unpaid.
For those who have never experienced January Blues or don’t know what it is, it is the funk that you enter when the holiday season is over. It starts on January 2nd and usually lasts at least until February 1st. The cold weather, long dark nights, added weight, empty bank account and the bills galore make it extremely hard to get by.
Here are 5 ways to beat the January Blues and have a great start to the new year.
Diet and Exercise
Sticking to a diet and a fitness routine can help shift the added weight added over the holidays. My fitness life is looking up thanks to the GymCube website. I am loving the workouts on the website. They are super helpful, especially now after the holiday season, when I couldn’t be bothered to exercise or be on a diet.
Having goals for the year helps chase away the January Blues because you know what you need to work on. It also keeps your mind very busy, which is good. I have clear goals for the year and I have broken them down into monthly goals so I can keep track on them easily.
Because I spend a little more over the Christmas period, I try as much as possible to reduce my spending in January. It can be a little tricky as it is my birthday month and I like to spoil myself. It is also my lovely nephew’s and sister’s birthday month, but I always make sure I get their presents over Christmas. Having money in the bank is a great way to chase the January Blues away.
Getting as much fresh air as possible is great for the body and mind. Which is why we must remember to stay active. Daily walks are highly recommended.
Enjoy the Daylight
I like to open up my curtains and blinds, and get as much natural daylight for as long as possible. Some days are gloomier and darker than others. So I like to make the most of every sunlight I get. It does great things to me.
How do you deal with the January Blues? Do you have any tips to share?