Now that the excitement of Christmas and New Year is over, it's time to start taking down the decorations and get back to normal. Once the festivities are finished, it can leave you feeling a bit glum, especially as it's still some way off spring and Easter celebrations.
Rather than give into the January blues and simply hide away at home as much as possible until the days start to get brighter and warmer, you can beat them with minimal effort. Doing a few things a little bit differently, will help you feel happier and better able to face 2017.
To help you stay happy this January, here are a few things you should try:
Get some sunshine
Sadly, we can't all hop on a plane and head off to a tropical destination as soon as January rolls around, so sunshine may be in short supply. However, getting outside as much as possible during the day can help you feel brighter and happier.
Try going for a walk to get some exercise in, as well as getting some vitamin D. Even half an hour of walking every day can help you feel better and will ensure you enjoy fresh air instead of being stuck at home or work all the time.
Stick to a sleep routine
One of the most important things when it comes to regulating your mood and keeping energy levels up is sleep. Not getting enough sleep can leave you feeling disorientated and a bit moodier than usual. Similarly, trying to catch up on sleep at the weekends with long lie-ins does the same thing.
Rather than live on little sleep and then stay in bed late on Saturday and Sunday, start this year right with a sleep routine. Try and go to bed and get up at the same time every day, using a similar routine at weekends too.
If you struggle to get to sleep, try adding one of our reed diffusers in a relaxing scent - such as Jasmine and Lilac or Lavender - which will help you unwind and drift off in no time while also fragrancing your home.
It may be tempting to live off the leftover mince pies, pickled onions and chocolates, but this won't leave you feeling ready to face the month ahead. Instead, get yourself lots of vitamin and nutrient-rich foods like vegetables, pulses, lean meat and fish.
Foods that give you all of the nutrients you need in a day, as well as lots of natural energy will keep you going. It might be tempting to use coffee and sugary foods to boost your energy levels, but these will leave you feeling even more tired in no time at all.
Have a clear out
There's nothing worse than sitting in a house that is full of clutter after Christmas. While taking the decorations down can help, it pays to have a big clear out and get rid of anything you don't need. This will keep your home looking and feeling clean, create more space and allow you to relax more when you are at home.
Add some finishing touches like candles to make your home look as cosy as possible and to make those dark winter evenings a bit more bearable. You could even celebrate having a tidier house by inviting people over, which will help improve your mood even more.