The January blues tend to creep up on me without warning and before you know it, I haven’t left the house (apart from work) in a week! This year, I want to make more of an effort to beat them and thought I would share my plan of action.
First on my list is to get rid of the clutter I didn’t use last year. This is something that really helps me to destress and when I’m done, I always feel really accomplished. 9 times out of 10, I don’t miss any of the things I passed on. As January can also be a bit tight, I would recommend having a root through the drawers of doom. The ones filled with unused cameras, phones and that kind of stuff. You’ll be surprised how much you can get for them on either eBay, your local Gumtree, Shpock (online bootsale) or recycling your old phone. Mobile Valuer is a good one for comparing prices for old mobiles. I also love watching declutter videos on Youtube and find these to be motivating to watch while you work.
Get out of the house
I’ll get the most obvious one out of the way. Go and walk the dog somewhere that isn’t round the block. There are plenty of routes around the National Trust houses. If you go on their website, you can check what’s in your area. If you don’t have a dog, then you can venture into the houses and learn a bit about your local history. Go somewhere you’ve never been before and create new memories.
Make a date
This kind of ties into the last one. But booking a night out or going to see something you’ve always wanted to do but never gotten around to. January is a great time to do this as it gives you something to look forward to. It can even be making a date with a friend you haven’t seen for a long time to have coffee. Socialising and making plans to spend time with people will uplift your mood and hopefully leave you feeling like you live in a rat race.
Be a giver
I don’t mean you have to give something material away, like an object. Being a giver can simply mean giving someone your time to help them in any way you can. These can range from a quick phone call to donating something you don’t use, to someone who really needs it. Maybe start giving yourself a goal of one kindness a month. You might feel more inclined to do it if it doesn’t impede your already hectic life. The aim is to do it until it becomes something you don’t have to think about.
Last but not least, spend some time alone getting comfortable in your own skin. Read a book, or watch a film; anything that your body or mind needs to feel more complete. It’s really important to be able to spend time by yourself. Take up a hobby and make some time each week or month to spend doing it. It’ll make you a much happier person doing something you enjoy.
The list of things you can do to help beat the January blues could be endless. But here are the few I will try to be doing. What are your favourite things to do in January? Let me know in the comments below – I’d love to know. If you liked this post, please feel free to follow me free on Bloglovin.
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