If you're like me, you'll be feeling the pressure of the whole 'new year, new me' mantra. You've probably broken some resolutions already, or are appalled that after two whole gym sessions you've not dropped a dress size. Never fear, because I've got some tips for keeping positive in what is, quite frankly, the most depressing month of the year...
1. Set achievable goalsIf you're going to set goals for 2017, make them achievable! Whilst it's always good to aim high, if you set yourself too many ridiculously unachievable goals, you'll end up feeling rubbish every time you have even the slightest set back. And, when you do get set backs, learn to take them in your stride and use them as motivation to get yourself to where you want to be - not as an excuse to give up.
2. Delve into a new TV seriesIf there's one thing that never fails at cheering me up, it's watching Netflix. Over Christmas we got stuck into the new show The OA, and I absolutely loved it. It's very "out there" and possibly even stranger than Stranger Things, but it had me hooked the whole way through. Why not have a look at some new shows to watch and if you're feeling low, stick an episode on. I promise it will be the perfect escapism you need!
3. Catch-up with friendsAfter the parties and meet-ups of Christmas, it can be easy to get back into old habits and end up not speaking to your closest friends for weeks on end. Especially in January, when everyone is feeling a little bit lonely and low in general, I think it's more important than ever to make time in your week to meet up with friends for some quality time. Money might be tight at this time of year, so why not invite your friends over for a movie night or coffee and a catch-up?
4. Start a positivity jarI've been meaning to do one of these for a few years now - and it's never too late to start. Basically, get yourself a jar, and every time something good happens, write it down on a little piece of paper and place it in the jar. Then, at the end of the year, or simply when you're feeling low, you can open up the jar and look at all the good things that have happened. I think it's such a cute and easy thing to do and is guaranteed to make you feel more positive.
5. Have some cosy 'me' timeGetting snuggled up in a warm blanket, grabbing myself a hot chocolate and curling up with a good book is quite possibly my favourite thing to do - and it always makes me feel so much better. I recommend investing in a nice thick blanket (Primark have some amazing ones in at the moment) and taking some much-deserved 'me' time as and when you can, as an escape from what can be one hell of a hectic daily life.
6. Get out of the houseAs nice as it is to curl up at home, I also think getting out the house can be exactly what's needed at this time of year. I feel like I spent the whole of December cooped up inside, and so I've been trying to make more of an effort to get out of the house this month. Why not get up early on a Sunday morning, wrap up super warm and venture out into the crisp winter air for a lovely long walk? You can reward yourself with a yummy roast dinner afterwards!
7. Treat yourselfIf you are feeling a little lacklustre this month, why not treat yourself? Okay, so money is tight, but it's always worth setting aside some cash if it means you'll feel a bit better in yourself. Get your nails done, invest in a new lipstick or simply treat yourself to a new top in the sales. Afterall, it's called retail therapy for a reason!
8. Make your home more 'hygge'
If you don't know what hygge is, then where have you been all winter? Simply put, hygge is the art of taking pleasure in the simple things, such as cosiness and comfort. I always feel like my home is so cosy and nice at Christmas time, and then January comes, the decorations are hidden away for another year and my house just feels, well, bare. This month I'm going to make an effort to make it feel all cosy again - by buying multiple textured blankets, draping fairylights wherever I can and finally lighting my favourite candle. Bliss!
Do you have any tips for staying positive in January?