How to beat the January blues on a budget

How to beat the January blues on a budget

For me, the January blues don’t hit me until mid way through the month. Maybe it’s because up until then I still have a stash of Christmas chocolate to be scoffing. Or maybe it’s because at the beginning of the month it’s all go go go, with new years resolutions and back to work business. I’m not sure, but it’s around the time of ‘blue Monday’ I have to admit I do start feeling a little, well … blue.

The ideal thing to do in this scenario I think would just be to forget about work, grab my passport, and head off somewhere exotic. Unfortunately, I don’t have the funds for these type of spontaneous adventures and more importantly, I kinda wanna keep my job.

So that’s pretty much out of the question.

With pay day still being so far away (seriously, it feels like it’s been months now) it’s sometimes hard to find ways to brighten up this dreary month.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all had the funds to just go for endless bottomless prosecco brunches? I’m sure that would make Jan a hell of a lot more bearable.

Alas, this is sadly not the case, but I have been doing a few other bits to help shift January from a 1/10 to a solid 6/10.

First of all, i’ve been cleaning and clearing my flat. I’m sure you’re thinking this is a terrible suggestion, and to be honest so would I, but in actual fact it’s the basis of everything to come. I always feel that once I have a tidy space, I have a tidy mind.

Also, cleaning is free (as long as you have the basic products) so that’s a win win all around!

Once you’ve got a tidy space to relax in, book in some ‘me time’ for yourself. Find a free Friday night in your calendar, and block it out.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A movie of your choice. If you have a Netflix account, fab! If not, ask around and see if anyone has a DVD you may want to borrow.
  • A face mask. If you have a spare 99p hanging around, head to boots and buy one, if not, why not make one! You can use honey and yoghurt which is apparently really good for your skin.
  • Some cosy PJs and a blanket.
  • Finally, grab your favourite snack and do nothing else but sit and relax.

I promise you, this will feel so good. January is a pretty hectic time of year, and even just having one evening of chilled bliss can do your mind and body so much good.

Now if you’re a bit of an ASOS addict, January can be a very tough time. The gap between pay days feels unbelievably long, and often the lameness of Jan can result in endless sale scrolling.

Instead of adding something new to my shopping cart,  i’ve been taking a look at what’s already in my wardrobe.

Have a good sort out, which will also feel great, and you may find something you’ve forgotten about and haven’t worn for months. And just like that you’ve basically bought yourself a new item of clothing … for free!

If not, you could try jazzing up a few bits, get creative and maybe turn an old long sleeved into a cute tee. If you’re brave enough that is.

My last suggestion, and something I think is always good to do, is to plan catch up with friends. I know it’s often nice to catch up over coffee, or grab dinner, but if you’re on a budget it can actually be quite nice to mix it up.

I go on a lot of walks with my friends, it’s really the perfect way to properly catch up, and we often find we’ve been walking for hours and haven’t even realised. Similarly, everyone loves a good movie night. If you’ve cleaned your place, make the most of it and invite the girls round! It’ll be such a nice change, and there’s nothing better than a cosy girls night to brush away those January blues.

What plans do you make when you’re on a budget? I’d love to know!

Esther xo

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2 Comments

  1. January 22, 2018 / 9:30 pm

    I’m glad I’m not alone in this, I’ve only just realised that we’re in 2018!

    • January 22, 2018 / 9:37 pm

      Hahaha I know exactly what you mean! Can’t believe feb is so soon!

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