Beat the January Blues

January is a long and cold month – and it’s fair to say, quite a miserable month too as a sad follow-up from weeks of Christmas cheer and fun prior.

However, it’s the only month of the year that you can see as a completely clean slate; an opportunity for a fresh start and new beginnings. A new year, a new you!

Setting some goals, making lists of things you’d like to achieve and things you feel positive about is a great way of beating the January blues that many of us feel at this time of year.

Here are some thoughts on how you can beat the January blues and start the new year right:

Forget resolutions, set goals!

New years resolutions are traditionally broken within the first few weeks of January, as they are often either too restrictive or too hard to keep up.

Why not avoid resolutions altogether and instead set a series of personal goals. You can divide your goals up into short-term and long-term, with realistic targets to reach. You can look at career goals, personal growth, fitness, education and any other area you would like to improve in your life during 2019.

After you’ve written these goals down, you will feel excited to get started. And the sense of achievement you will feel when you meet your goals will be unparalleled!

Take up a new hobby

Find a new activity to take up on weekends or evenings! Start amateur photography, rock-climbing or writing short stories! You never know, you might uncover a new passion that defines the rest of your life!

If someone invites you to a class or group, go along and try it. Whether it’s a pottery class or running group, just say yes and you will be glad you did!

Check out our general interest and hobby courses if you are stuck, where you might just find something you’d like to pursue.

Make plans with your family and friends

We often feel at the end of the year that we haven’t seen enough of our friends and relatives. Life gets busy and work or commitments get in the way.

Beat the January blues by filling your diary with trips, excursions, brunches, dinners, and anything else you can think of – and reach out to your loved ones to join you.

This year start by contacting a handful of friends and family members and suggest get-togethers for the first 2-3 months of the year. It’ll start the ball rolling and give you things to look forward to!

Take a class or course

You’re never too old or too busy to further your education or career. You can start learning a new language with the view of taking a trip abroad or you can master a new IT skill to push you up that ladder at work.

You could even start a course that will take you into a new career direction altogether! Life’s too short not to pursue your interests.

There are so many courses available at Distance Learning Centre that you can fit in around your busy life and you are bound to find the perfect course to match your goals!

Book a trip

Finally, one of the best ways to beat the January blues is by getting on a plane and jetting off somewhere beautiful on holiday or heading away for a short break

You’ll experience the exhilaration of travelling as well having something wonderful to look forward to during those dreary January weeks!There is plenty to be cheerful about; it’s just a question of perspective!

Take 2019 by the horns and make it your best year yet!

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