11 Things that will make you feel fabulous this January that don’t cost a penny!
Lets face it, January is a pretty miserable month. There are no decent parties because everyone is detoxing and off the booze. Money is tight because you spent a fortune on presents and alcohol. Clothes are bulging at the seams and mentally you’re screwed because all of the above is a massive guilt fest.
I am certainly not feeling it myself. Everyone I know has been ill at some point or another over Christmas and I have managed to see in the New Year with a stinker of a cold so its put all my gusto for January on hold. I have actually postponed New Year until Monday 8th so that I can mentally prepare myself this weekend.
Come Monday I’ll be ready to go, to-do list in hand and ready to beat those January blues.
Here’s what my list will look like for the rest of the month. There is nothing too heavy and all items are all “doable”. I recently watched a very motivational speech in which the speaker said something along the lines of…
If you can’t take care of the little things, you’ll never be able to take care of the big things.
With that in mind…
1. Make the bed
Now this may seem like a small thing but I’m ashamed to say that some days my bed goes un-made. Well, my goal for January is to make my bed every-single-day!
The aim is not just pull the duvet across and leave it looking a bit scruffy but fluff the pillows, smooth the sheets and get it looking hotel-style ready. The reason being, it takes about 2 minutes to do and you’ll start the day having accomplished one task. You can give yourself a pat on the back and you’re ready to move on to your next task. Even if the rest of the day goes to pot, you’ll have made your bed and later on, when you go to bed, you’ll be reminded that you achieved something today.
2. Watch a Motivational Speech
We all get down in the dumps and it can be a very downward spiral if we aren’t careful so we have to do whatever we can to claw above the negative bullshit and get hold of some positivity. One of the quickest, easiest ways to do this is to watch and listen to people that have “been there” and overcome their issues. Get inspired by their stories and learn from others. It’s a great way to realise that you are not alone – we all have problems.
Here’s a great speech on self-motivation by Mel Robbins.
This might not be the right motivational speech for you but YouTube has plenty of them so get searching and you’ll soon be feeling inspired.
3. Check your Bank Accounts
I don’t mean just check the balance – check the statements and all the outgoings and make sure you know exactly what they all are. If money is tight (or even if it isn’t) make sure you are fully aware of what is flowing out of you bank account each month. I say this because with lots of easy signups; Netflix, Amazon, iTunes etc you can easily lose track of what’s what.
I just recently sat down and took a proper look at our bank accounts and realised that someone had illegally used my card to join Netflix and I was paying two subscriptions and had been for 4 months. I also realised that both my husband and I had signed up to Amazon Prime and we had 2 subscriptions.
I had accidentally signed up to Amazon Kindle and had been paying 7.99 for audio books 8 months (with they refunded BTW) . So I instantly got refunded £100 from Amazon and Netflix combined and saved us £95 a year in subscriptions. Just watch out for the little things, £7.99 here and there can rack up pretty quickly.
4. Take a Walk
In the words of Warren Buffet….If I told you that I’d buy you car – any car you like – and that you can have it for free, I’m sure you’d be pretty happy. If I told you that this was the only car you’d have in your lifetime then you’d make sure you looked after that car wouldn’t you?
You have one body and you have to look after it if you want it to last a lifetime.
Walking, even if it’s just for 30 minutes a day, can have huge beneficial effects on your body. Your mood will improve, it helps relieve stress, it helps get your creative juices flowing, your clothes become looser, it helps you poo better (yep! I said that!). All in all it is a simple effect way of feeling better. For me, I like to walk the dog with friends and know that there is a decent pub waiting for me at the end!
5. Create some Inner goals
I’m not talking about what car you want to buy this year or what holiday you want to go on. I am talking about focusing on your “inner goals” vs your “outer goals”
What do you want to achieve for yourself? Do you want to spend less time beating yourself up and more time giving yourself some praise? Do you want to hang out with more positive fun-loving giving individuals. Or maybe you want to settle up that family feud once and for all? It is sooo important to work on yourself and make sure you are in full working order – you can’t pour from an empty tea pot!
Have a good ole think about you – How do you want people to see you? How do you want to be remembered? Who do you want to make peace with? What new skills do you want to acquire? Get out that fancy notebook of yours and start soul-searching.
6. Girl, un-interrupted
Switch off every now and then, take some time off from the virtual world. We are bombarded with roughly 3 times more information than we were back in the 60’s. It’s time to start dialing back on the device overload. They interrupt our conversations, they interrupt our meal times and they interrupt our sleep. As tempting as it is to always have your device in the palm of your hand, try rethinking when you’re online.
In January I am going to leave my phone downstairs when I go to bed. I am always reading about the negative effects they have on sleep patterns and as I get older my sleep is becoming a precious thing to me. If leaving the phone downstairs is too much to handle then try baby steps – just switch it off and don’t turn it back on until you’ve woken up naturally.
7. De-clutter something
Depending on how much time you have you’ll be amazed at the effects that de-cluttering has on your mind. Last year I started to get up early in the mornings to clear out just one draw, then this lead on to a few cupboards, then a room.
I also discovered @MarieKondo. She is a Japanese organising consultant, author and entrepreneur. She has developed a revolutionary method of organising known as the KonMari Method. The method involves gathering together everything you own, one category at a time, and then keeping only the things that “spark joy” as well as choosing a dedicated place to store them. Check out her book –The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever
8. Paint your nails
Give yourself a DIY manicure – or better yet, go and book a manicure. I won’t break the bank and you totally deserve it! It’s a small thing that is guaranteed to make you feel a little better.
9. Meet Joe Wicks
I am a lazy fitness girl. I hate it and don’t want to be doing it e-v-e-r. However referring back to item No 4, you have one body in this lifetime and you have to look after it.
Check out The Body Coach TV on YouTube. Joe Wicks has tonnes of 15 minute workouts on his channel and they range from beginner workouts to advanced workouts. He also has a 90 Day SSS Workout Plan if you want to have a goal to work towards. The plan includes meal plans, workout plans and online support. He also has lots of “before and after” pics on his site – I always find this motivational. Sidenote: he’s pretty handsome as well…which helps!
10. Tick off a List
If you haven’t tried it then Asana is the best productivity tool you can use. Whether you’re a business legend with hundreds of employees, a stay at home mum or an online influencer then this app can change your world!
The app started life as an internal tool used by Facebook so that they could co-ordinate the work. Then they realised that everyone could benefit from it. Asana’s mission is to “help humanity thrive by enabling all teams to work together effortlessly”.
You can map out projects, break down each step and organise all the details – all in one place and you can share it with your team (or your husband). It’s fab and its free!
11. Visit the School of Greatness
I have a huge place in my heart for Lewis Howes, he is a New York Times bestselling author, a lifestyle entrepreneur, a former pro athlete and a world record holder in football. The guy is so open, giving and inspiring – and he’s online for everyone to share in his glory. You can find him on YouTube and on iTunes – he has a very popular Podcast called The School of Greatness Podcast. He interviews some wonderful people and he offers up advice and shares inspiring stories from some of the most brilliant business minds, world class athletes and influential celebs on the planet.
Always remember you were born for a reason, a purpose and something bigger than yourself. But YOU have to activate this calling; no one is going to turn it on for you!. Its YOUR responsibly to build yourself into the person who can live a great life. No one is going to give you the power to develop your mental strength, emotional intelligence and physical health to have the life you want. That’s between you and you!
Right, that’s me done. Which of the above resonated most deeply with you and why? Above all, what will you do this January to beat away those blues?
Leave a comment below and let me know. From the bottom of my heart I thank you for reading this post and if you think you may have any friends or family that could use a boost then share this with them. They’ll thank you for it and so will I!
Kind regards, Livvy