Beating the January blues
Beating the January blues
For many people, the beginning of the year feels a bit of an anti-climax after the Christmas and New Year festivities which in turn gives us the January blues. We’ve eaten too much, spent too much and now have to get back into the swing of work and the school run.
But here are some easy ways you can combat the January blues.
Children get January blues so re-establish bedtimes
With no school or work to get up for, bedtimes can get out of sync over the Christmas holidays. Children aged 5 and 10 actually need about 10 to 11 hours sleep at night. Starting off the New Year sleep deprived will leave your children feeling exhausted and frustrated. Make things easier for everyone by slowly re-establishing bedtimes.
Prepare for the mornings
Planning ahead for the week will help to reduce last minute stress and help you get out of the door on time. Get things ready the night before to give you less to do in the morning. Have everything you and the family need, like lunchboxes, homework, and PE kit, ready by the door, so you can get going knowing that everyone has everything they need.
The January blues will ultimately be caused by money
You might be feeling the post-Christmas pinch. Everyone has lovely Christmas presents, but your bank balance is looking rather depleted.
Sell unwanted Christmas presents
It’s not uncommon to be given a present that ends up sitting at the back of the cupboard forever unused and unloved. If you’ve been given the receipt then you should think about taking the unwanted item back to the shop and get something you do want instead. Or, you could think about selling it. Online auction sites like eBay are a great way to sell things quickly.
Lunch time savings
If you normally pop out for lunch during work, think about making your lunch to take with you. It’s a good habit to get into and could save you a lot of money.
Raid the freezer
While you may have spent a lot on food over Christmas, now is the time to start saving yourself some money. The cupboards may be looking a bit empty, but have you checked out what’s hidden in the freezer? It’s time to defrost some of those frozen meals and get cooking.
Points mean a cheap shop
If you have to visit the supermarket to restock your shelves, then check to see if you have any reward points you can use to cut the cost of shopping. You’ve probably built up a lot of points with your Christmas shopping, so now is the ideal time to put them to good use.
New you to help beat the January blues
The start of a new year is a great time to make some positive changes that don’t need to cost very much. Dust off your gym membership card and make good use of it – you are paying for it after all. But exercise can be free, put your trainers on and go for a run around the block or even a gentle jog can get the blood pumping.
A healthy diet
Christmas time is the season that we all allow ourselves to overindulge. Put away the treats and start to introduce a normal healthy diet back to mealtimes. Having a varied diet of fruit and vegetables will give you and your children more energy to get through the day.
Stopping smoking is not just good for your health and those around you. It could also save you a lot of money. January is the perfect time to quit. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about the best way for you to give up.
Stop or reduce your Alcohol consumption
After all the festivities you may well have had your fare share of alcohol, so this is a great opportunity to think about your drinking habits. Drinking is another expense that when we are tight for money is another great way of saving. Its not just the money though, your health will benefit and can improve your sleep.
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