Beat the January blues

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Let’s face it, December is brilliant, exciting and full of fun…and January is the polar opposite.

A combination of a lack of money and getting back to the mundane routine = feeling utterly fed up and really miserable.

January sucks.

In January typically for me the Christmas decorations have gone, I’ve spent way too much money on the plastic, Hubby is going back to work and I’ve got nothing to look forward to. It’s all a bit rubbish and boring, and hard to get myself going again.

However, in order to BEAT the January blues this year I am going to vow to do the following. And thus make sure that this usually awful month doesn’t get the better of me.

So screw you January!! I’m on a mission!!

Exercise – it’s a well known fact that keeping fit and healthy just makes you feel better. Sorry, but it just does. And I for one cannot be bothered going out and doing anything at the moment because I’m feeling bloated, lazy and cold. But…I know that when I was running I felt amazing, alive and happy. One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to get fit again and start up the running. I can’t afford to join a gym, or get a personal trainer (I wish!) so it’s back to running for me. It took me so long to get running again after 2.5 years last time, that I don’t want to do that again. So I am going to try to attempt 2 runs a week starting in the first week in January. I know it will soon make me feel better again. And tone up my wobbly bits and Mum-tum that has sadly crept back again!…(too many mince pies and far too much cheese!).

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No money – we’ve spent a small fortune on Christmas and therefore there’s not a lot left until payday again at the end of January. So what can we do until then? Well, Hubby and I love getting out for walks, (which are free), so we will be doing lots of these at the weekend this month. The twins love getting out anyway and enjoy the freedom (and muddy puddles!). I’m also going to try a couple of museums this month, (free again) as a lot cater for children and have lots of activities to do. As for going out at night? Hubby and I didn’t get each other much for Christmas this year, as instead we said we’d have a night away, which we will hopefully use this month.

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Start/continue a hobby – i.e. doing something that makes you feel happy. Blogging is my new hobby. I love writing, it helps to make me relax and I throughly enjoy it. I am going to try to make time for it as much as I can this month, around the family. If you are also interested in starting a blog here are my 10 reasons why you should.

Changing mindset – I wrote a post recently about ‘living for the moment’. OK, so it is only the 3rd of January, but I already feel better for it. Happier. With my new outlook on family life. I really am going to try and not worry about trivial things, or get angry about things that aren’t really that important, and enjoy life a bit more. Because when I’m in a great mood the whole family seems to feed off me and be in good moods too!

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Plan some social dates – even just arranging a coffee with friends or having them over for a take-away at home, has made me feel better about the weeks ahead already. Things to look forward to. They are in the diary and I’m SO looking forward to them.

So January…take that – I’m thoroughly prepared for you!

Please wish me luck…and hopefully I won’t let January get the better of me!!

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31 Comments

  1. January 3, 2015 / 1:05 pm

    I think I have January blues 🙁 boo but your positive post has made me feel better defo going to try and get out for some more walks x
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    • January 3, 2015 / 2:05 pm

      Oh I am so glad!! Here’s to kicking January in the bum! Jess xx

    • January 3, 2015 / 2:04 pm

      Oh yes great idea 🙂 I’d love that. Making me even more happy! Jess xx

    • January 3, 2015 / 4:25 pm

      Thanks Jenna. I really find it a long, boring and difficult month so I will try my best to beat the blues! Good luck. Jess x

  2. January 3, 2015 / 3:58 pm

    I hate January, well maybe I should say I’ve always hated January. But this year, like you I’ve decided to think of it in a positive way. I’m not (for the first time) not going back to work and in that way, it’s only another (all be it cold) month. I love the positivity in this post. Enjoy every day, even the days in January. We’re all about cheap/ free days out and as long as the sun is out, we’ll be making the most of our days out too. Thanks for making me realise that January can be fun – it’s all in the mind, isn’t it? xxx

    • January 3, 2015 / 4:27 pm

      It really is. I’ve found the that twins enjoy the simple things in life, like a short walk, and so when we’re feeling a little broke this month these are nice things to do. I definitely need to get fit again too, as I am sure this will help me out this month too!! Jess x

  3. January 3, 2015 / 8:15 pm

    I have always hated January too then last year we went to Center parcs at the end of Jan it was fab and something to look forward to, so this year we are doing the same, it was so cheap, we are going to have lots of walks and cosy nights in, in our lodge so we don’t over spend, I can’t wait xx
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    • January 4, 2015 / 8:45 am

      What a fab idea. Something to look forward to!! And have a great time lovely. Jess xx

  4. January 3, 2015 / 8:34 pm

    This is fab! January really does suck doesn’t it! I think as long as you make plans (like meeting up with amazing bloggers!) and make subtle changes to your days then you can definitely beat those blues!
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    • January 4, 2015 / 8:45 am

      I’m hoping that with lots of new things happening this month, and lots of catch ups that it’ll be lots of fun and not miserable at all! Jess x

  5. January 4, 2015 / 9:18 am

    Love this post – you are right that Jan is a rubbish month! It’s sooooo long til payday for is the walks and museums are a fab idea! I too am starting my exercise up at home – I’m rubbish at running nowadays! Do love all your ideas to beat January so good luck 🙂 #SundaysStars
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    • January 4, 2015 / 10:02 am

      Thank you so much. I hope it has been useful! Good luck with your exercise and hope you have a nice January! Jess x

  6. January 4, 2015 / 8:36 pm

    Rahhhh! You have well and truly told January exactly whats gonna hit it!! You are fab to be so positive. I certainly wish I had some of your get up and go! I’m interested in the running thing – how far do you think you’ll try to run each time? I need a plan too! Well done you. Steph xxx #SundayStars
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    • January 4, 2015 / 9:16 pm

      Want to be my virtual running buddy?? Wish we lived closer, we could kick each other up the bum and get ourselves going!!!!! I only do 2 miles or so, it’s not far but it’s enough for me! I’m not the best but it does work!!!! Jess 😉 xx

  7. January 5, 2015 / 10:16 pm

    love this live for the moment idea. Good luck with the exericse – I have started running and it really helps clear my mind!
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    • January 5, 2015 / 10:20 pm

      It really does. Those clear thoughts I miss! Good luck with your running, and happy new year. Jess xx

    • January 6, 2015 / 7:26 pm

      I know. Keeping it up is the next part!!!!!!!!!

  8. January 6, 2015 / 9:03 pm

    Check, check and check! I’ve put loads in the calendar for after pay day… only three more weeks *weep*
    Great post xx

    • January 7, 2015 / 12:39 pm

      Hurrah! Not long now! We can do it 🙂 Jess x

  9. Julia@rainbeaubelle
    January 7, 2015 / 10:01 am

    Too true! January sucks. I am feeling tired and bloated and just want the warm weather to come now! I am ready to start running again but don’t get much chance without the kids! Xxx

    • January 7, 2015 / 12:36 pm

      I am struggling to find the time too! It’s so hard to run in the winter! Jess xx

  10. January 7, 2015 / 2:18 pm

    I hate January. I just want Spring to be here. But these are some great tips and I really need to follow these. I was aiming to exercise more this week but a sleepless toddler has prevented that. However, I am booked on a mummy friendly boot camp. It starts on Saturday and lasts throughout January. Good luck beating the January blues honey. I can’t wait to hear how it goes. Hugs Mrs H xxxx
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    • January 7, 2015 / 3:27 pm

      Love the sound of the mummy friendly boot camp. Oooh please let me know how that goes!! Jess x

  11. Mrs Mummy J
    January 8, 2015 / 9:00 pm

    Oh dear, Im feeling it too. Have had a few calls to my mum, kinda crying down the phone! Totally agree in getting fit and meeting friends. Besides not being able to exercise due to having a hernia from my second child, (luckily it will be fixed by the nhs) I have lots of things in the diary for next week. xx

    • January 9, 2015 / 12:39 pm

      So glad to hear you have some nice things going on. I’ve been so busy this week that it’s flown by! One more week done! Nearly pay day and nearly spring (kind of!!). LOL 😉 Jess x

  12. January 8, 2015 / 11:54 pm

    Love this post! January really is a sucky month isn’t it!
    I can’t wait for the mornings and evenings to start to become just a little lighter. My poor kids are going to and coming home from school in the dark and it’s doing absolutely zero for any of our motivation levels. Need to get us all out more on the weekends to blow off all the cobwebs!
    Thanks for linking up with #SundayStars x
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    • January 9, 2015 / 12:34 pm

      Rubbish weather doesn’t help at all though!! 🙂 Good luck and same here. Jess x

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