January is traditionally a melancholic month. There is a lot of pressure to make improvements and resolutions, which lose momentum quickly. It’s often a time when people feel down and like they can’t get out of their rut. But don’t let the pressure and miserable weather drag you down. Here are some strategies to help you overcome the January blues and enjoy the month.
Embrace the great outdoors
Exercise is a great way to beat the January blues but the winter weather means that it’s often too cold and dark to motivate ourselves. Instead of putting pressure on yourself to join a gym, try simpler activities. If you live near the sea, enjoy a walk along the beach, it will be beautiful even on a blustery day. Make a day of it and plan a hike with family or friends. Once dressed appropriately you will be equipped for the weather. The benefits of exercise, such as reduced stress and improved mental and physical health will help you beat the January blues.
Enjoy evenings in
There is a lot of societal pressure to always be going new places and doing new things but don’t feel bad about enjoying cosy time at home. You could plan a games night or dinner party with friends. Curling up by the fire with a good book and a hot chocolate is a great way to pass the time. You could even get dressed up, spritz your favourite Montblanc perfume and enjoy a themed date night at home with your partner. It’s important to recharge your batteries and look after yourself at this time of year.
Take up a new hobby
Instead of making the resolution to give up something, how about learning a new skill instead. Learning something new will not only help you to escape the winter blues but will also improve your mental health and give you something to do during the long, cold winter months. You could also sign up for a class at your local community centre or enrol for an online course or tutorial.
Treating yourself to a spa day is an excellent way to beat the January blues. This can be a luxurious or a cost effective as you want. You could book into a spa and spend the day relaxing in the sauna, getting a massage or just soaking in the pool. If this is not within your budget, then recreate the experience at home. Prepare a warm bath with luxurious products and essential oils. Do a face mask or hair mask. Light some candles, pour a glass of wine and enjoy a book or watch a TV series. Don’t stop there, complete the experience with your favourite body moisturiser and spray of perfume such as Montblanc Signature to feel properly pampered. Making this a regular activity is a great opportunity to include self-care in your weekly routine.
Eat and sleep well
The food we eat can have a huge impact on the body and moods. Plan a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables and be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, in order to feel your best.
Getting enough sleep is very important for good health and can help you to feel your best. Try to get at least seven hours of sleep each night. It will also give you plenty of time to relax and destress after a long day of work.
January is a great time to make plans. Schedule a day trip, a weekend break or an escape to the sun. You could also make plans to go to a show or concert. Having things to look forward to is really important and motivating.
There you have it, there are lots of things you can do to beat the winter blues, don’t let the January get you down.