Monday, 6 January 2014

Beating the January Blues

Whilst January can be a brilliant month for new beginnings, starting afresh and setting the wheels of your New Years Resolutions in motion, it can also be a somewhat brooding and depressing month. We wave goodbye to the Christmas decorations for another year, finish off the last of the Thorntons chocolates and grudgingly head back into working life. 

Today is said to be one of the most depressing days of the year, due to the fact that most of us who had time off over Christmas have to dust off our work clothes and head back to work. So, I thought today would be the ideal day to share my tips for beating the January blues, so you can keep positive and happy throughout January. 

Pour yourself a hot chocolate
Winter is the season of hot drinks, and my personal favourite has got to be Galaxy's Orange Hot Chocolate, topped with a generous helping of whipped cream. I don't think there is anything better than curling up with a blanket and your favourite hot drink, preferably in a pretty mug, to melt your troubles away. It is made doubly better if you've just stepped inside after a walk in the chilly air, or after a long and tiresome day at work. 

Read a book
Whenever I feel down or need a bit of escapism to get me through the day, my first port of call is always my bookshelf. I absolutely swear by the power of literature and the effect it can have on your mood and mindset - it's so fantastic at inspiring, or simply letting you spend a few hours away from your own busy life. I like to opt for fantasy novels for a real taste of escapism. I am currently reading 'Some Kind of Fairy Tale' by Graham Joyce, and thoroughly recommend it thus far. 

Get dolled up
If ever I'm feeling down, a fail-safe way to pick my mood right back up again is to get myself all dolled up. Now, on days when you feel less-than-happy with things, it's really easy to just whack on any old outfit, pop a bit of mascara on and call that it. However, when I see my makeup-less face in the mirror mid-way through the day, it only makes me feel worse. So, I say counteract your mood by popping on your favourite outfit, and getting yourself well-and-truly dolled up. I'm talking a nice full face of makeup, and even go all-out in the lashes and lipstick department if you want. I guarantee it will make you feel better. 

Listen to uplifting music
Something that always makes me feel a million times better whenever I'm feeling blue is to listen to music. Not just any kind of music though - it has to be upbeat and uplifting, and puts me in the mood to sing and dance. My usual choice? Disney, of course, and right now I simply cannot stop listening to the Frozen soundtrack. The song 'Let It Go', in particular, is absolutely amazing and has me singing along as soon as it starts. I adore it, and I know if you're a fan of Disney, you will too. 

Go for a walk
Sometimes, I spend my entire day cooped up indoors, and it always leaves me feeling a little bit down-in-the-dumps. The thing I find immediately boosts my mood and gets me re-inspired is taking a walk, usually with my dog Rory by my side. If you're feeling low or a bit out-of-sync with things, taking a walk can really change your perspective on things, and that fresh air is always guaranteed to make you feel good. Do this whilst listening to upbeat music for double good-mood points! 

Have a pamper session
Beauty products make things better. Being a beauty blogger, it goes without saying that I think beauty products have the power to completely alter your mood and have you feeling like a princess, in the space of a few minutes. After a rough day at work, you simply cannot beat having a nice long soak in the tub, popping a face mask on and whiling your troubles away. It relaxes you whilst you're in there, and you feel a million percent better afterwards - what's not to love?!

Write it down
When my thoughts and worries start running away with me, the thing I've found that always helps in making me feel better is writing them all down. Somehow, seeing them written in a nice neat list in the pages of a book helps me make sense of the jumbled mess that was spinning around in my head. Whether you sit there and scrawl away, or simply write a few of your worries down, you'll find it strangely therapeutic and it will immediately make you feel better.

Watch a happy film
One of the best ways to cheer yourself up, I've found, is doing something as simple as watching a happy film. Notice the focus on 'happy' there - a sad film will never do you any good when you're already upset, so do away with the likes of 'Dear John' and 'The Notebook' (ugh, I detest the film Dear John with a passion!) and instead opt for a chick flick comedy, or the ultimate in feel-good films, something from Disney. I totally recommend watching the likes of 'Tangled' or 'The Little Mermaid' to instantly brighten your day. I implore you to sing along when 'Under the Sea' comes on - and go on, have a little dance too! 

What are your fail-safe tips for beating the January blues? 
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34 comments

  1. Disney Films. Instant Happiness!

    My latest post was about my massive pamper session and I felt much better after it...

    Charli... Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, Hamsters

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  2. what a lovely post! <3 definitely something to read through even on normal down days, lovely pen too! I remember afro ken in tammy girl!!! man I miss that shop!

    lovely post! obsessed with your blog now!

    zara xx

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  3. Such a lovely post :-) All great remedies for January blues!! xxx

    www.stylapetite.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. we are literally the same in beating the blues! i will always read a book, write it down and watch a happy film! :)

    http://georgiaanicolaou.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. January blues are the worst!! I try everything to kick the dull feeling xx

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  6. Such an original post!
    Lovely!
    CHLOTALKS.blogspot.com

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  7. I agree...today was a blah...day for me...so will help myself to the biggest hot chocolate possible. x

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. I always end up with January blues- as soon as Christmas is over I'm just dreading going back to school! I find going for a walk really helps too, and watching happy films :)

    www.heavenlyclutter.blogspot.com
    xo

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  9. January blues haven't hit me yet as I'm not yet back to reality, but I'm sure as hell they will when I'm back!!

    daisy//daisydaisyxxo

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  10. Ahh I loved this - this is pretty much a list of all of my favourite things to do. I've still to see Frozen - I can't wait!! xx

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  11. All snowed here, so working from home and getting some cleaning done. Also, working on my resolutions! Although, having some hot chocolate right now doesn't sound so bad. :)

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  12. great tips hun ,really need to put feet up watch Hercules with a hot drink :)
    Melissa x
    http://theinkedblonde.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. Ahhh Disney movies are the way forward!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  14. I'm in love with the song let it go too!

    www.sophalou.blogspot.co.uk

    Sophie xx

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  15. Loved this post - was definitely feeling like the blues this morning when my alarm went off. Bit of a shock to the system!

    Rachel x

    Allthingsthstglitter24.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Uh... I was definitely feeling under the weather this morning when my alarm was going off.. even though I've been to work in between Xmas and NY - it didn't help make it any better!
    Loving my hot chocolate with whipped cream at the mo, especially when I've got some of those chocolate dipper things hanging round the house.. lethal but gorgeous for chocoholics!

    http://aworldfullofprettiness.blogspot.com

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  17. I do all of these as well :). Disney is definitely the best at cheering me up though xx

    D Is For...

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  18. Today has been pretty depressing for me too, having to go back to college after christmas is never fun going to have a pamper sesh and watch glee tonight :p great tips wish I'd read this sooner xx

    EmmiHearts

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  19. This is such a nice post to do in January! I definitely think a cup of hot chocolate and a happy film helps :) x

    Secrets of a PR girl

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  20. What a lovely post to read after a stressful day at work! Thank you
    george-porge.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. You can't beat a winter walk to aid the January blues! How amazing does your hot chocolate look, Hannah? Aaand I've just bought a copy of that book you've mentioned (: happy Monday lovely! xx

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  22. Lovely post :) I've got one similar scheduled - it's definitely a time of year when we need perking up! I do so many of these when I'm sad, too!
    www.lydiarosexo.blogspot.co.uk xo

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  23. The blog is lovely and the pictures..ohh my. Lovely! x

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  24. This was my first day back at work after the Christmas holidays, so I needed a happy post like this to cheer me up! I definitely agree that you can't be sad while watching or listening to Disney - I have the soundtrack from The Lion King musical on my phone to listen to on the way to work (which can be really embarrassing if I accidentally turn it up too loud on the bus!)

    x

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  25. I agree with all of these but I especially love the getting dolled up part - works every time! Such a lovely little post :) x

    www.blameitonvogue.com

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  26. love this post! these are all things I rely on to get me over the holiday blues, specially the happy movies and the books :)
    xo
    http://thefashionistabubble.blogspot.ca/

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  27. This is such a lovely post. You have so many wonderful ways to take a beat and enjoy the simple things rather than stressing. I love getting a cup of tea and curling up with a book!
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

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  28. Lovely blog! And I agree with the hot chocolate...especially if it's in a pretty flowery mug :-)

    www.fairyintheblossomtree.blogspot.com

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  29. Such a lovely post, really enjoyed reading this. Love your blog! xx
    http://classychicxo.blogspot.com/

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  30. Love this list for those other days that aren't Jan 6th! Mine was actually fine, apart from taking down our Christmas tree, tear!

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  31. really enjoyed reading this, made me smile :) lovely post!

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  32. Great idea for a blog post! I agree we all need a bit of cheering up in January xx

    Amy | http://amysbeautyjournal.blogspot.co.uk/

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  33. Great post! That cup of hot chocolate looks so yummy, and I think I might check out that book since it looks like something I would enjoy! The Frozen soundtrack has been of my favorites recently as well :) I have recently discovered that running relieves my stress a bit and makes me really happy!

    Emily
    ahemitsemme.blogspot.com

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