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How to beat the January blues

How to beat the January blues

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely break.

During my break, I took some time out for me. As students, we tend to be so focused on uni work, part-time jobs, keeping up a social life and seeing family that everything can get a little overwhelming – so time out is really important.

Make lists

I took time in the first week of January to focus on getting myself organised. I wrote down lots of lists so I can check things off as I go along, like:

  • Clean room
  • Wash make-up brushes
  • Drink water

I find it helpful to write down even the most basic things because I get stressed out when I have too many things to remember on my brain. Writing things down gets it out of my head and onto paper so I can relax.

Clean your space

As you can see on my check list above, cleaning is one of those things that just helps me to feel organised and when my space is clean I feel so much better.

Play music

I can’t stress enough how much the right music can completely elevate your mood. I go for a country playlist to make me feel good generally. If you need some more suggestions take a look at my post on my “top 10 favourite songs right now.”

Pamper yourself

Little things like exfoliating, getting a tan, getting your nails done (boys can get manicures too) can make you feel so much more refreshed. You can also do these things yourself at home if you are on a budget!


I cannot be the only one that feels ten times better with a candle burning. These days you don’t even have to break the bank either! I get loads of my candles from Primark and they are so affordable. Here is a link to an 80p Vanilla candle… yes, you are welcome.


Eating healthily has a huge impact on me. If I eat junk food I feel awful and sluggish, whereas when I eat healthily I feel like I can take on the world. Try switching up your diet if you have been overindulging a little too much over the holidays. (Trust me, we’ve all been there)

 Getting a new look

For me, getting my hair cut or trying a new fashion style can really help me feel better. It really does make you feel like you are having a fresh start and makes you feel way more motivated.

Social media detox

Finally, really looking after myself always involves taking some time to not use any form of social media. It can be easy to forget that so much of the world on social media is fake – it can be really demotivating when you see people having “perfect” lives while you are stuck in a rut. So, I would suggest when you are feeling like this to get out into the world. Take a trip, go for a walk, go shopping, do anything you love doing but avoid falling down the social media wormhole.


I hope some of this help you! If you have any more suggestions leave them in the comments.


Ya girl,


Jade x

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