How I’m defeating the January blues in 2017

A couple of years ago I wrote a post on Ways to Defeat the January Blues, and I still love reading it each January for tips. I used to suffer with the post-Christmas blues really badly, but now I think I’m pretty good at forward planning and keeping busy during this strange month of the year.

Winter walks

One of my tips was to have plenty planned in for January, and I’ve definitely done that this year. I’m busy every weekend this month, with spa visits, theatre trips, meals out and drinks with friends all penned into my calendar. And because I made these plans with plenty of notice, I’ve already made sure that I’ve budgeted for them. After all, money can sometimes be tight after Christmas!

I’ve also starting making plans for the rest of the year. If you didn’t see my exciting news on Instagram, I got engaged over Christmas so there’s plenty of planning to be done there! Plus a bit of summer holiday planning is always a great January distraction.

I also find that having a clear out at home is a great way to feel refreshed for the new year. We’ve been moving our furniture round, having a clear out of DVDs and I’m about to sort through all my clothes to see if there’s anything I can donate to charity.

January is usually all about the Sales, but this year I’ve only done sensible sale shopping – only buying things I actually already wanted or needed and not being distracted by impulse “bargains”. This means I’ve hardly bought anything at all, and just saved a bit of money on items I would have been buying anyway.

But one of the best ways to get through January is to actually enjoy it! There’s a lot to be said for enjoying the small things, such as having long winter walks followed by relaxing baths, and playing with all the new things that you got over Christmas. I’ve been painting my nails in new colours, watching new DVDs and curling up with a new book.

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