How to beat the January blues

How to beat the January blues
Pile of books

I’m blue, dabadidabada...

That song is going to be in my head for the rest of the month, great stuff.

January can be a bit shit as we’re all a bit skint, sober and still have traces of a Christmas food baby, so I wanted to put a little post together with my favourite things to do to beat the blues and embrace the new year, especially as today is meant to be the most miserable day of the year (fun).

1. Stop the January diet and eat like a normal person. Will you be doing your clean eating crash diet until the day you die? No. So cut the crap, eat in moderation and suddenly those hangry thoughts will disappear. A healthy lifestyle is where it’s at, extreme diets are so 2016.

2. Try ‘clean sleeping’. Now this is a health craze that I fully intend on bringing into my life and will happily do until the day I die. It’s all about cutting caffeine after 4pm, sticking to a regular sleep schedule and turning off your screen an hour before bed as to stop stimulating your brain before bedtime, all to make sure you get the best night sleep possible. In my head this bandwagon is basically The Knight Bus and I will happily pay extra for a toothbrush in a colour of my choice.

3. Plan something fun and low cost to look forward to. I’ve mentioned in a few of my posts recently that I have the mindset of a puppy – if I achieve something basic, I like to be rewarded. Working weeks with their dark mornings and diet chats become so much easier if there’s something fun happening at the weekend.

4. I’m cringing at myself for writing this but doing exercise is actually a good shout. Yes, it may feel like hell on Earth to drag yourself to the gym after work but if you already have a membership, that’s an evening activity which is ‘free’ and apparently you’ll feel better for it*.

5. Clear out your wardrobe. This is honestly the most therapeutic thing to do as it makes your room feel ‘lighter’. This is a great Sunday afternoon activity as it leaves you ready for bed in an organised room which is a better sleep space and you’ll feel nice and together ahead of the new week.

6. Fresh bed sheets. Even if you end up washing them twice as often as you usually would, just do it. It’s worth it.

7. See as much daylight as possible. I really struggle with feeling down in winter, so this is more a tip from me to me. Getting out of the office at lunchtime and just feeling that fresh air on your skin is an instant mood booster, even if it’s a 10 minute walk.

So they’re my 7 tips to beat the January Blues, what are yours? Let me know in the comments!


  1. I love this post! I'm really trying to nail the whole moderation thing this year instead of going on some sort of stupid fad diet! x
    Sophie Cliff

  2. Love love love this post Lizi. So many great points. :) Definitely points to be taken through the year also.