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10 Quick Wins to Fight the January Blues

Christmas is over, it’s cold outside, the days are short… January doesn’t have a lot going for it and is probably up there with one of the worst months of the year. But there are ways to beat the January blues and improve your mood, so we’ve compiled a list of our favourites to help you banish the blues this January.

1. Declutter. There is nothing like a good sort out to make you feel uplifted. Take an honest look at your possessions, are there things you no longer need that could be donated to charity, given to friends, or even sold.

2. Get outside. Studies show that getting outside for even for as little as 10 minutes each day can improve mood and wellbeing.

3. Flip your furniture. There is something so satisfying about rearranging your space. The simple surprise and novelty of entering your reconfigured room will enliven your senses and boost your mood no end.

4. Start a project. January is a time for new beginnings, why not learn a new skill? Take up a craft project, or make time to take a course in something just for fun.

5. Volunteer. If 2020 taught us anything it is compassion. There is always somebody in need of your help. Seek out your local charities and offer your services, even if you only have an hour per week, every little helps.

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6. Refresh. There is no time like January to change things up. Refresh your space with a new paint colour or made to measure curtains, these small changes will make a huge difference to your room. Go for one of our bold fabric colours for an extra energising boost - - - start by ordering some free samples!

7. Plan ahead. Having something to look forward to in the diary, even if it’s just a meal with friends, keeps us going on those dark January days. If you are able, book in a little getaway - - - there is nothing like a change of scenery to revitalise your spirit.

8. Be thankful. Mindfulness has been a buzz word for a few years and rightly so, appreciating where you are right now, and taking pleasure from the simple things in life can help to put into perspective any worries you may have.

9. Add light. Many of us are affected by SAD (seasonal affective disorder) .The lack of daylight in winter can quickly make us feel low, sluggish and de motivated. Using a light source designed to help combat these feelings can help to boost your mood when you can’t get outside.

10. Exercise. You may not feel like doing it, but the feel-good factor after a workout is second to none. Whether you go for a full cardio session, or a walk with a friend you will certainly feel the benefits.