Beating The January Blues

 

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January is often regarded as the gloomiest month of the year. With the excitement of New Year celebrations winding down, bank accounts dwindling and the dull and rainy weather, it’s no wonder January gets such a bad name. And with blue Monday just around the corner, here are some top tips for beating those January blues…

Relax
I know it’s sometimes easier said than done but relaxing can be whatever you’d like it to be. Whether it’s going for a walk, meeting up with friends or having a nice hot bath, it’s important to take time out to relax and focus on yourself.


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Treat Yourself
If you’re anything like me, your bank account will have taken a bit of a hit from the festive season, so I’m not talking about treating yourself to the latest designer bag, shoes etc. Treating yourself can be a cup of coffee on the way to work, a new book you’ve been dying to read or even just a sweet treat now and again.



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Eat Well
We can often put a lot of pressure on ourselves to eat a healthy diet, especially in the New Year. But it’s also important to enjoy the food you eat and not be too hard on yourself. Make meals that you enjoy cooking and maybe even try out some new recipes.

"Whenever I’m feeling particularly fragile, I turn my hand to cooking fresh, wholesome food. The process of cooking the meal itself is engaging, rewarding and also helps calm me down." – George Hodgson.



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Don’t put pressure on yourself to keep up resolutions
The New Year is a great time to make resolutions and set goals and challenges for yourself. But don’t feel pressured into making a New Year’s resolution. If you do choose to make one, try to ensure it’s a realistic goal, setting unrealistic expectations can bring you down if you feel like they are haven’t been achieved.

Sleep
I know I definitely struggle to get back into a good sleep routine after the Christmas holidays. Going to sleep late and laying in is something I find I very easily get used to. However going back to school, university or work, I often found it hard to get to sleep at a reasonable time and get back into a routine. I found that drinking a Herbal or fruit tea before bed can be a great way to relax and unwind (lemon & ginger is my current fave). Reading a good book or listening to music I found also helped- I have a dedicated sleep playlist which I find really helps.

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Written by Freya Howie, a university graduate. Freya is working together with Maison de Choup on all blog posts. @freyaa_h

1 comment

  • This is brilliant. Everything relating to post Christmas/New Year “down-in-the-dumps feelings” has been covered. Excellent reading, and advice.

    Eileen Lydon

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