It’s no secret, the season of goodwill and festive cheer has passed and been replaced with finding pine needles behind the sofa from your shredding Christmas tree and the time to eat, drink and be merry with reckless abandonment is officially over. Plus it’s getting colder, we’re tired of looking at the grey skies and it’s back to work mode. But don’t be beaten by the dreaded January blues, instead boost your mood and energy with our top 5 tips:
1. Practice some self-care and pampering
It’s time to stop thinking investing in yourself is selfish. Never neglect your own body and mind, and let it be your number one priority by doing something everyday that helps you re-fuel and re-charge. Why not try a new beauty or skincare routine or treat yourself to some face masks to give your skin a pamper to help banish the January blues?
2. Get crafty and start a new hobby
Repetition can make everything feel like a chore but shake thing ups in January with a new hobby that adds a bit of creative flair. Whether you have always wanted to learn a new language, learn to play an instrument or something more creative – there are plenty of new activities waiting for you to discover them and achieve that feel good buzz.
Perhaps take up knitting, it’s one of the most timeless crafts perfect for all ages. So pick up your knitting needles and wool to get you started.
3. Do things that give you joy
Sounds simple right? But it's not always that easy. Take responsibility of your time and calendar, so you’re making time to do the things you enjoy. Reading a book, watching your favourite show, having a soak in the tub or if you’re like Monica from TV favourite show Friends perhaps cleaning is your thing. Whatever it is, make sure you’re making time for it to help you relax.
Here are some of our favourite shows of the moment:
- Bridgerton, a period drama on Netflix
- The Stranger, a mystery thriller on Netflix
- Traces, Crime Mystery on the BBC iPlayer
- The Serpent, a crime drama mini series on the BBC iPlayer
- Pooch Perfect - a light-hearted series as they hunt for Britain's best dog groomer on the BBC.
January provides the perfect opportunity to re-organise, and remove unwanted and unused items from your home. Or perhaps you simply need to make room for all the new gifts and purchases you’ve gathered from over the festive period. There is something about getting rid of unnecessary items and sorting that feels therapeutic and cleansing. Whether you fill up some storage boxes, give away your unused items to charity or a deep cleaning session at home, either way it can do wonders for your mental well-being.
5. Cook up a storm and eat well
January is the perfect time to get creative in the kitchen. From fun cupcakes you can bake with the kids, to warm hearty stews or healthy dishes, this is something everyone can do. All you need are a few kitchen essentials, utensils, a saucepan or two or perhaps some bakeware and you’re good to go! Checkout these online exclusives to get your juices flowing! But remember to get plenty of fresh fruit and veg packed in for those added nutrients for healthy and happy bodies. Happy Cooking!