It’s freezing outside, your social media feeds are currently filled with “New year, new me” posts and your favourite outfits might be slightly tighter than usual….sound familiar!? Say hello to the January Blues! This first month of the year can be a difficult one for many of us so with that in mind, we thought it would be good to offer some suggestions to banish those blues and keep you happy and smiling.
- Set realistic goals
Rather than setting New Year’s resolutions, try setting New Year goals instead. They can be simple ones such as trying to exercise more, finally learning to drive or trying something new and taking on a new hobby. Setting achievable goals for yourself is a great way to feel motivated and driven, something good to carry on in your university life too!
- Pamper yourself
After the festive season where dinners and parties with your friends and family were a regular occurrence, it’s important you dedicate some ‘me time’ to yourself in January. Whatever it is that makes you happy and calm – do that. A nice pamper session is always a good idea to really unwind, and it’s a perfect excuse to use those gift sets you received at Christmas!
- Plan a holiday / weekend getaway
It’s great to have something to look forward to – whether it’s a weekend away or a summer holiday with your friends, it’ll keep you going on days when you’re feeling down.
- Online shopping
Retail therapy is always the best form of therapy! It’s definitely one of our favourite things to do. Now don’t go blowing all your student loan at once, but ordering yourself a new pair of shoes or a fab dress is guaranteed to lift your mood (especially if they’re reduced!).
We’ve all heard the saying “a clear space, a clear mind”, and as much as we dread starting, there’s no denying the satisfaction you get when the task is done. Dedicate some time to clean out your room and get rid of anything you’ve been hoarding (all those goodies from the Freshers’ Fairs!). Give your wardrobe a spring clean too – pop some bits on eBay or do a good deed and donate to the local charity shop.
Inviting your friends over can be a great way to cheer yourself up without it costing too much. Watch a movie, bake some fab treats, dust off the board games and have a good natter. You’re guaranteed to have a laugh.
- Go to the cinema
This is the perfect date night idea, and with so many cinemas now offering amazing deals for students it would be rude not to make the most of them! Grab yourself some popcorn and relax -there’s so many new films out at the moment, you’re sure to find something you fancy seeing.
- Get some fresh air
Sometimes the best thing to do to clear your mind is to wrap up and go for a long walk. It does wonders for sorting out your thoughts and it will make you feel fresh as a daisy. Get out and explore the city that you’ve recently made your home and find all those quirky spots to impress your friends and family with when they come to visit.
- Turn off your phone and curl up with a book
In a time where our phones are a constant attachment to our hands, it’s healthy to turn it off every now and then a get sucked into that really good book you’ve been meaning to start. And it doesn’t have to be that huge textbook that weighs the same as your brother and sister combined – devote an hour before bed to winding down reading something that you enjoy.
- Buy yourself some flowers
There’s something about flowers that can instantly lift your mood and make you smile, and it’s a cheap way of adding some colour to your room!