I think we can all agree that January pretty much sucks, but it's actually a good time to take care of ourselves. Here are some of my favourite ways to cheer myself up from the January blues.

Vice Magazine The Skinny Magazine Spotify


There's nothing like a fresh batch of inspiration to make me feel good, and it can come in many forms. As a student journalist I love reading good magazines (Vice is a favourite) and the websites that go with them (Check Nylon and i-D). It reminds me of what I want to do with my life and gives me ideas for things to write about or new writing styles to try. Music is also a big inspiration for me, and everyone has their own things that spark great ideas in their minds. So, find what inspires you most and do it as often as you can, it's hard to be down when your brain is brimming with awesome ideas!


I'm sure most people love a bubble bath as a way to relax and it's a great way to pamper yourself a little. I only ever use Lush bath products as there's nothing quite like them and one that I really enjoyed using recently was Bar Humbug*. It's purple, sparkly and smells amazing - what's not to love?! It's a bubble bar rather than a bath bomb so you get maximum bubbles from it. I usually take a magazine in with me - I'm too scared to take a book in case I drop it in! It's nice to have a little glass of wine too, of course, and I usually sit with a face mask on for a while for an extra skin treat.

Netflix Pretty Little Liars Tea


And I actually mean chill! As basic as it may seem, usually one of my favourite parts of the day is sitting on the couch in the evening in my pyjamas, wrapped in a blanket with a cup of tea and watching something good. At the moment Adam and I are watching The Walking Dead (we're halfway through season 5 so no spoilers please!) and it's such a great show. We always have something on the go on Netflix and have watched some brilliant series' - it's nice to get caught up in a great programme for a while.


This may not be the most exciting thing in the world, but I do love that sense of productivity and satisfaction when I feel like I've got my life together. If I'm having a chill day at home I like to go through my planner and make sure it's up to date as well as making to do lists to keep on top of things. It's also good to have a bit of a tidy, or even a total clear-out. Start small with one drawer, then see what else you can do. I find that once I get started with that kind of thing, I end up wanting to clear out the whole flat!

Once Upon A Tart Glasgow


A lot of people tend not to go out as much in January after spending so much at Christmas, so while nice restaurants might not be on the cards, a cute coffee shop is a good alternative. Find an independent place near you that sells nice drinks and even better treats, then go along with a friend or family member for a lovely afternoon. For anyone in Glasgow, I love Once Upon A Tart on King Street. The décor is amazing, with a bit of an Alice in Wonderland feel, plus they do great food. Their ciabattas are to die for and there's always a brilliant selection of cakes.

What do you do to cheer yourself up in January?


  1. Haha, Netflix & chill is such a great one Shannon. I've been meaning to do a Netflix post. I hope you enjoy The Walking Dead! I started it a few years ago with my boyfriend. Plus nothing beats comfy time like Netflix. You had with me with the tea thing & lost me with the cake option. I am so guilty of eating so much cake this New Year im on a cake hiatus.

    Love your pick me ups!


  2. Totally feeling all of these right now!

    I like to swap between netflix and organising myself atm, planning is oh so satisfying!

    Holly |