How to Beat January Post-Sale Blues

The holidays are well and truly over. Spending sprees are to be paid for. The weather is rubbish. It gets dark at 4 in the afternoon. You’re freezing cold every time you take a step out the door and it’s not getting better any time soon.

The highs of the January sales are winding down and only very little of last year's merchandise is on offer in the shops at the moment. In fact, most shops here in the U.K have already brought in their Spring wear. Things are getting back to normal and at last - the excesses of the holidays are starting to set in.

This is why it’s time to take action to de-stress and address the low moods. Here are some quick ways to feel happier in the dark, bleak month of January. 

How to Beat January Post-Sale Blues 


Smile to beat the blues

...Even when there’s nothing funny to smile about. When you find yourself frowning, relax your face, take a deep breath and smile. It sounds stupid but it works. Hold your smile for a few seconds then let go. It works, doesn’t it? Feel your forehead. Your frown is gone and you’ve earned yourself at least an hour of pleasant thoughts.

Walk to beat the blues

Swap the car for your feet whenever possible. Exercise gives birth to good health even if it’s just gently walking your kids to school or taking the stairs instead of the lift (elevator) to your office floor in the morning. Knowing that you’ve had ten minutes of walking in the morning will not only warm your toes (leave high heels at the office and put on your walking shoes to get there), it’ll put you in a sunny mood for the rest of the day.

Entertain to beat the blues

No, you don’t have to have a party. Just ask your friends over for coffee and cakes or a game of charades on a cold, dark night. Laughing and spending time with friends warm not only our hearts and make us cheerful. This companionship also warms our homes and lets people know we care. A chat over a cup of tea with my friend gives me a lift for an entire week. The support of friends is said to build your confidence.

Take time out to beat the blues

Spend time on yourself. It doesn’t have to cost any money. Just put aside some time to fill up your hot water bottle and cuddle up with a nice film. Resolve to start and finish the book you’ve always been meaning to read. Teach yourself a skill. Have some bath time soaks with all the bath salts you received as Christmas presents. Spend the gift vouchers on yourself.

Do something special to help

Set out to do something special for someone dear in your life in the month of January. Make a list of the things you’ve always meant to, or wanted to do for the people you love. Pick from the list someone who’s been having a particularly hard time recently and do something great for them. Giving you is the best way to feel good about yourself. Doing good comes back to you ten-fold.

Go out and make January your sunny, radiant month. You'll enjoy our other health and mind articles here.


Icy BC January 16, 2013 at 1:08 PM  

Wonderful suggestions!

The weather is getting to me as every joint and bone hurt from this dampness and cold.

Anne Lyken-Garner January 21, 2013 at 10:35 AM  

Thanks Icy. Yes, I feel the same too. I hate the cold weather. One day I shall migrate to warmer climes - like the birds in winter :-)

Sarah Park January 21, 2013 at 2:45 PM  

Right now, while the weather isn't good, we have indoor bonding with the kids. We watch their favorite movies and have some games while having a cup of hot chocolate before going to sleep. Just perfect for this cold weather.

Anne Lyken-Garner is a published author, editor and freelance writer. Her specialities include relationships and confidence building. You can find her inspirational memoir here.
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