How I keep the January Blues at Bay

We are nearly a month into 2019 and whilst I am a sucker for a fresh beginning and a new chapter, I can also struggle with the overwhelming feeling of the new year and the quietness once the chaos that Christmas brings is over. January is suddenly very quiet and that ‘Monday’ feeling starts setting in bringing a very hard bump on the way back down to reality; whatever that may mean for you.

Around this time of year, I have a surge of optimism and a mindset full of positivity ready for a fresh start and new challenges. This year it’s especially true, after some much needed time away in Amsterdam; I feel not only refreshed but ready to take on what 2019 has in store for me. Not everyone feels this way though and there’s sometimes an underlying feeling of ‘New Year New Panic‘ once self-reflection kicks in and the feeling of not knowing what to change in the New Year or what to strive towards; so I thought it might be great to work out how I’ll keep myself happy, productive and how I’ll hopefully continue with that initial positive mindset that I started with at the beginning of the year. 

Our social feeds are full of inspiration at this time of year, from your best friends undertaking a new exercise regime, to your siblings dry January promise, all the way to your favourite bloggers offering their thought on what the New Year may hold for them. But whether you’ve made resolutions or not, here’s how you could keep the beginning of the year on track and stop the Holiday blues from taking over when the New Year can seem suddenly quite daunting.

Do more of what makes you happy!

It might sound unbelievably simple but aside from work we often don’t spend enough time on ourselves. Whether that’s our happiness, our health or just simply taking a little time away from the things that cause our stress. For me it’s taking the time to breathe. In Amsterdam, I realised that I’m constantly thinking of ‘what’s next’ and have a million and one things running around in my mind at any given time and it can often make me feel overwhelmed with what’s on my plate. 2019 is about taking more time for myself and the things that boost my mood including regular exercise, pampering myself and  working efficiently so that my mental health doesn’t suffer. Perhaps for you it could be spending time with loved ones, going on walks, simply having a bath every evening or anything that feeds your soul.

Be realistic…

January is the time for fresh starts. I for one love the idea of a brand new year to create brand new goals and a brand new slate to create what year I’d love to have. However it’s the goals and decisions you make now that can have a negative impact down the road. Resolutions can be inspiring, motivational and the reason to work that little bit harder to reach your goal but if the goal you made is unrealistic you’ll find yourself frustrated, anxious and more likely to be stressed rather than inspired. Similarly with your finances, it’s very easy after Christmas to want to revamp your entire life and start afresh but be realistic with your spending. The January sales can bring great discounts on all sorts of items but spending beyond your means isn’t the best way to start the year and will certainly bring down your mood once that credit card bill is pushed through the letterbox. I took an evening out to really think about what I wanted to achieve this year, I scribbled loads of ideas down – including publishing a blog post every Wednesday, had that of been to publish two blog posts per week, I would of stumbled at the first hurdle to only feel disappointed with myself and that inspired and positive mindset is straight out the window.  

Put yourself first
Remember that for your journey to be truly your own, you need to put yourself first. Prioritise your achievements and your health, it’s not selfish to do so. We wouldn’t be able offer the support and inspiration we want to too others until we ourselves are happy, healthy and driven. Prioritise your goals, prioritise your journey and even prioritise your day to day calendar. There are some things that can wait, there are some things that cannot and when you have these things in order your mind will feel clear and the blues will be less likely to set you backwards on your path. Remember, pressure is something we can control and putting the important things we can easily do today off until tomorrow, can make that pressure too much to handle.

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