How to beat the January blues

As the festive season fizzles, the party poppers have popped and there are more pine needles on the floor than on the tree, it’s easy to see why for some January can be a dismal month. Many of us must return to work and the cold, dark and often rainy days don’t induce feelings of joy. That said, we can help ourselves shine through the gloom.

Here’s my tips for avoiding the January Blues

Launch out of bed like a rocket
It’s easy to hit the snooze button on gloomy grey mornings and this can make for a stressful morning when we do crawl out of bed. Take advice from self-help writer Mel Robbins and start the day with a 54321 countdown. When the alarm sounds, count backwards from five and stand up. This simple technique stops the brain from switching into negative mode and thinking of reasons why you should stay in bed.

bed bedroom blanket clean
Photo by Burst on

Boost your vitamin D
Lack of daylight can impact the amount of vitamin D we absorb from sunlight. Vitamin D is important for good health so boost your intake by eating foods rich in the sunshine vitamin. Try a breakfast of scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and some freshly squeezed orange juice for a vitamin D packed boost.

Move more
It’s tempting to hibernate when it’s cold outside so consider a challenge to get you out and moving such as walking/running a ‘Marathon in the month.’ Make a visual chart with 26 boxes to represent each mile of the marathon and colour them as you go to help you stay motivated. A marathon in a month is less than a mile each day and it will get you out in to the fresh air and keep you energised. Whatever the weather, wrap up and go anyway.

Eat well
‘Diet’ is one of the most popular used words in January and whilst you may be keen to banish the post-Christmas bloat, be mindful not to restrict calories too much. Losing weight is a question of creating a small gap between the calories we consume and the calories we burn. A gap of 500 calories is enough to create sustainable weight loss. A calorie deficit greater than this will render you hungry and miserable so choose healthy, nutritious food and eat plenty of it.

Try something new
Having a new focus will help the dark days pass quicker. Rope in your friends and sign up to a tap class. Try a cookery lesson with your partner or engage in a spot of pottery painting with your kids. Hit the search engines and look for new experiences in your area. You’ll get so much out of testing yourself and spending time with friends and family.

Most of all remember that If you think January will be glum, it will be. Start each day telling yourself that today will be amazing. Every evening think of three things you have been grateful for during the day. A positive mind will make all the difference and you’ll be shining your way through the darkness.

As featured in Indulgence Magazine

Author: Angela...aka Self-Love-Ninja

I'm Angela, I transformed my body by transforming my mind and now I am keen to help others create a mindset shift to help them move positively forward and live their best lives. I have 13 years experience transforming businesses and was named by the Lean Management Journal as one of the Lean Top 25; most inspirational individuals in Lean Management (2016) as well as being qualified to level 3a on the Lean Competency System. I’ve spent a lot of my career coaching people through the change curve and my empathic nature has been a real asset. Now I’m taking all of my work experience plus what I’ve learned from my own self-transformation, coupled with NLP, life coaching and nutrition qualifications to bring about change in individuals. I have developed Self-Love-Ninja initially to help me with self-love and now I want to share with others, because it's this that allows us to achieve everything we want to achieve. I recently became a number one best-selling author of a book called Enough, gave up my six figure career as a Director in consulting and became a motivational speaker & coach because I love serving people.

One thought on “How to beat the January blues”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s