January is meant to be a fresh start, that motivational month that lets you refocus yourself, gives you that little bit of get-up-and-go, and be the kick up the backside that says you are good enough to hit your ambitions. Yet, for the majority, this couldn’t be further from the truth because January is, according to Huffington Post, the most depressing month of the year — with the 24th being the most depressing day out of the 365 on offer. It makes sense too.


 

You got paid a week early to accommodate the Christmas break, which means you are broke by January 1 with a whole month to survive. You and all your friends become a little more boring because a) your liver hates you and b) you have no money to be fun — you even had to cancel your Netflix subscription for January. It’s cold. Like really cold. And, just to top things off, the most wonderful time of the year is about as far away as it can possibly get.

However, just because statistics, history and everyone you know says it is a rubbish month, ridden with anxieties, stresses and depression, it does not mean you have to sit back and just take it. And to help prove this to you, we have come up with some great advice on how to feel great from the moment the last firework explodes and the New Year officially gets underway. Enjoy.

1. Reflect On The Good Parts …

Of the last year. Most of the time, people spend the start of January coming up with resolutions built off the back of things that didn’t go well for them last year; things they feel guilty about. That means you are starting the year off with a negative connotation. What you should do is focus on the best bits and how you can replicate or run with them. You will feel inspired by things that make you happy (#win).

2. Have An Almighty Goal …

Most people find it is easy to have lots of little goals and it is, but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from a big one. We all have something we want to do — something we repeatedly go on about — but have never committed to. Well, that needs to change. It could be that you want to finally get your spiralling debt under control, in which case you should visit: www.debtconsolidationloans.uk.com.It might be you want to devote more time to creative writing and, finally, start that book you keep making notes about, which is where something like Curtis Brown Creative becomes the catalyst. Perhaps you just want to travel more, which starts with either saving up or changing jobs so that you can work remotely. Whatever it is, do it.

3. Do The 50-Minute Challenge …

Which is where you don’t touch your smartphone for the first and last 50-minutes of every day. In case you hadn’t realised, your addiction to your smartphone is wholly unhealthy, and the unhealthiest part about it is its involvement in your wake-up and winding down ceremonies. So, ban yourself from using it at these times, and you will find your mood lifts no end. You will get a better night’s sleep and you will wake up in a happier mood. That, and YouTube, is a surefire way to kick the depression out of January.