It’s the first day back at work in 2018 and we officially hit the brick wall that is the January blues. Maybe it’s because we’re highly caffeinated (we’re about 9 coffees deep) but we’ve come to the conclusion that we’re looking at this the completely wrong way. As cliché as it sounds, a new year is the perfect time for a fresh start where you can look forward to new adventures and work on your resolutions to become a better version of yourself. If you need a helping hand in looking at the new year in a more positive light – we’ve compiled a list of 7 ways to beat the January slump.
Start (and finish) a book
Lets face it, we spent all our money on food and alcohol over the last week and a bit so something that doesn’t cost much to do is a welcome suggestion. Read a good book that you’ve had your eye on for a while, or maybe one that’s been gathering dust on your bedside table for far too long. Losing yourself in a book is the perfect way to relax after a long day and getting to the last page gives you a sense of accomplishment like no other – a perfect way to kick start some motivation.
We can’t think of a better way to cheer ourselves up than planning lots of exciting things for throughout the year – both big and small. Set some plans in motion, whether it’s a girly trip to a nearby city, a festival, a holiday for two or even a decorating project! Nothing gets our creative juices flowing more than a Pinterest session looking at dreamy interiors.
Have some ‘me’ time
Do nothing? You don’t have to tell us twice! After the hectic Christmas period your mind and body will both love you if you take it easy and relax. Whether it’s binging on Netflix, catching up on the latest cult book, getting your ASOS saved bag full to bursting or sleeping the morning away: you do you.
As much as this tip goes against the last point, getting some fresh air more often will do wonders for your mood. If you lead a busy lifestyle, it’s sometimes easy to forget how refreshing a walk in the countryside can be. If you’re a city dweller, take the opportunity to discover new streets, parks, shops and cafes – you never know, you might stumble across your new favourite brunch spot!
Write a list
Jot down a list of all your achievements in 2017 (however big or small!) and take a look at it whenever you’re feeling down in the dumps. You’ll be surprised at how much you achieved in those 12 months and if you need an extra boost: list everything that you hope to do in 2018 to keep you focused and motivated on making more memories.
Do more of what you love
Sounds obvious, right? Not necessarily. We’re often made to feel guilty for doing things we love like watching TV, spending too much time (and money!) shopping and listening to throwback tunes on Spotify – whoever says they don’t like Hilary Duff is a liar. If you enjoy staying in and binging on the latest must-watch TV show, don’t let others make you feel like a bore!
Treat yo’ self!
I know, I know, until the end of the month our bank accounts are looking pretty destitute. Instead, why not dig out that face mask you’ve been saving for a special occasion, give your nails a fresh lick of paint or crack open the bath set you got for Christmas and have a pamper sesh?
Whatever you’re doing this month, do it in style! Share your cold weather outfits on Looker.