So no-one really likes January.

Christmas seems like a distant memory, pretty much everyone is suffering from chocolate withdrawl symptoms and most people’s bank balances are still recovering from the extra spending over the festive period. Basically January sucks!

Everyone needs a bit of a pick up during the month and as today is classed as Blue Monday what better day to share my tips for beating those blue feelings.

Have a movie day/night. Pick some of your favourite films and get together with your favourite person/people and get settled on the sofa. Add some popcorn (my choice would always be sweet and salty), chocolate or if you’re being healthy some fruit and yogurt. Don’t forget the blanket and you’re all set up for the perfect chilled out night.

Visit a Lush shop. All Lush shops smell amazing and the staff are always super friendly and helpful! I get complimented on my hair colour pretty much every time I visit a Lush shop which always leaves me feeling good and putting a smile on my face. As well as the fact you could leave with some delicious smelly shower gel or bubble bar the staff are always happy to give you samples of things you want to try.

Pamper yourself. This brings me nicely to my next point. Spend some time relaxing, however that works for you. Whether it is running a bath, putting on a face mask or painting your nails, something that makes you feel good. Everyone runs about and is so busy during the festive period that some downtime is a must during January. For me, the ultimate way to relax is a nice bath, with a Lush bubble bar and a good book.

Eat cake. I realise this may been seen as a bit of an odd suggestion for January when most people are watching what they’re eating and trying to be healthy but you still need to have a bit of a treat as totally depriving yourself will make you binge. For me, cake is the ultimate treat. I would pick cake over chocolate any day, just as long as it had butter cream icing and lemon sponge…yum!

Cute animals. I once read somewhere that looking at cute animals can improve your productivity at work (don’t quote me on that if you get caught Googling them at work!). It definitely makes me feel better and Instagram is full of accounts for cute pets. Search any animal related hashtag on Instagram and you’re bound to find something totally adorable.

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