Top 5 Tips To Beat The January Blues

The holidays are over, you’ve eaten more than you care to think about and you’re back to work after some time off. It’s easy to understand why they call it the January Blues.

All is not lost – Ollie, the Great National #EscapeMan, has it covered with his top five tips on how to beat the January Blues.

Book a holiday

It feels like you have nothing to look forward to now that Christmas has come and gone. Book a weekend away, plan a day-trip or start saving towards a holiday in the sun. 

Research shows that going on holiday is key to creating happiness. And we’re not going to argue with the professionals… Let’s Go!

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beat the January blues with a break away

Retail Therapy

Retail therapy is always the best form of therapy! It’s definitely one of our favourite things to do. Ordering yourself a new pair of shoes or a dress is guaranteed to lift your mood (especially if they’re reduced!).



This time of year we’re all too fat and depressed to go out. So what if you are taking part in a Dry January where alcohol is forbidden, not all socialising has to be done in the pubs. Buck the trend: organise social dates, join a club, or become a volunteer. Have some fun and don’t forget to laugh!


Declutter your life

You’re starting to feel like you are a borderline hoarder. Clean your house, room by room, and sell or donate what you don’t need. Don’t try to tackle it all at once or you are setting yourself up for a fail.

Learn to let go. If you haven’t used something since your last big clear out, it might be time to say goodbye. Less mess. Less stress.



You’ve been told a hundred times exercise is good for you, and it’s true. But how do you drag yourself from the couch to the cold outdoors?

There are plenty free ways to exercise, not just the gym. Get motivated by like-minded people. Check your local community for walking, cycling and running clubs. Challenge your friends to exercise with you. Or set yourself a weekly target just by using your smartphone apps!

Easier said than done, but hey it’s worth a shot!

young fitness woman trail runner running on city road

* Updated Jan 2018