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Monday, 16 January 2017

10 Ways To Lift Your Mood In January

Stylish desk setup with chrome lanternDon't worry, you're not the only one who's noticed I enjoy making lists!  The thing is, it's partly out of habit (having done so for years) and partly because I find creating them therapeutic.  We all have our familiar habits and creature comforts, though it's at this time of year they really prove to be worth their weight in gold.  Whether it's immersing yourself in a new box set, slipping into fleece loungewear or simply treating yourself more kindly, January is the month to pull out all the stops and show yourself some love!  With this in mind, and the fact today has become known as 'Blue Monday', I've put together 10 possible ways to lift your mood this month...
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10 Ways to Lift Your Mood in January

1 - Try not to overthink.  Easier said than done, I know!  

2 - Book travel.  Arrange some adventures for later in the year to start looking forward to

3 - Workout.  Or if you don't enjoy working out, walk.  Walk, walk, walk...

4 - Enjoy your food.  A bar of chocolate after a stressful day doesn't mean you've 100% turned your back on your New Year resolution.  Relax.   

5 - Interact.  Arrange to see friends to avoid a Cold Turkey effect after having enjoyed a super-social festive season.  Try to balance out every hour of socialising with two hours of 'me time'

6 - Pamper yourself.  You know the drill: baths, candles, loungewear etc.

7 -  Mini projects.  Throw yourself into mini indoor projects that keep you busy without freezing you to the core eg. DIY, artwork, decluttering etc.

8 - Films.  Especially comedies!

9 - Treat yourself.  It could be as little as a bouquet of flowers for your coffee table, or new book to read on the train

10 - Look out for others.  If you can't take your mind off yourself, your next move could be to turn your attention to others.  How can you help them?

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Chrome silver lantern with tan strap
Stylish desk scene featuring magazines and snacksSpeaking of pampering, Litecraft have totally lifted my mood this week with this gorgeous chrome lantern c/o; I actually have quite a few outdoor lanterns and so to have one suited to sitting prettily on a desk is just perfect.  I can see many cosy late nights ahead this winter, writing by its glow!  One of my favourite pick-me-ups during winter is to write late at night, hot chocolate on one side and soft lighting on the other.
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The chances are your month is already including some of the suggestions above, but if something is on your mind and/or you feel your mood slipping a little, I hope some of my other tips can be of help.  And hey, if all else fails, just focus on the warmer, sunnier days ahead!

With love,

Gabrielle x

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81 comments

  1. I over think everything, it is so hard not to sometimes! But I must admit I do love a comedy to cheer me up, with a bar of chocolate of course! :) loved your photography on this post, so so beautiful :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  2. Working out can sometimes seem like such a pain, so I need to try doing more things that I enjoy instead like bike rides.
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.com/

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  3. Really good tips! Your photos are amazing x

    Nev | Miss Nev

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  4. Number 2 is defo something I'll be doing more of this year! That silver camera is gorgeous wheres it from? x

    Albana Janjeva | Stylist | Pick of the Month: Off-White

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    1. Hey Albana! Wish I could help, but the silver camera was a gift from a friend and there's no brand name/label on it - sorry!

      Gabrielle x

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  5. Me too! Lists are healing! This one was good :) January can definitely be a mood killer for me, but I'm trying to make sure I stay more positive this year! Hope you have a great rest of your month dear.

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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  6. Your photography is stunning! I love lists as well, so this is super helpful! Interacting with friends really helps lift my mood during this post-holiday season.

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  7. I really needed this!! Thank you! :) I'll definitely do more of these things! x

    Victoria | VictoriaaHelenn

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  8. I actually really like January, with the crisp cold and the promise of a fresh year ahead of us.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  9. Great tips for this cold and grey January!! Even though I just got back from a little vacation to Spain I'm already googling new destination and really want to book another trip soon :) Having a new trip to look forward to always improves my mood!
    Love,
    Charlotte Luisa | bycharlotteluisa.com

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  10. Love your tips and the set up is gorgeous - lots of fresh vibes for the new year :)

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  11. Great tips, I definitely agree with number 4!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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  12. Love the photos, and I am so inspired by your ideas! This blogpost is going in my bookmarks, so that I can look at your tips once I feel a little down! :) I SO wanna start getting into a bunch of mini projects now!
    WritingMonique

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  13. Hi Gabrielle,

    I love the thought of walking. Honestly, I am not a working out person, but do always feel calm after a walk in the nearby parks. I also could do with decluttering my wardrobe!

    Thanks for your warming advice.

    Madeline

    https://madelinewilsonojo.com/blog/

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  14. These are great tips! I definitely agree with watching more comedies and doing indoor projects!

    Renee | Life After Lux

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  15. Book travel is always something we look forward too.
    I always want to take time to enjoy my food but young kids make it so difficult sometimes.

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  16. Loved this Gabrielle. Planning a trip & treating yourself are very nice options. It gives you something to look forward to.
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  17. Such wonderful tips !
    January is never easy, the time when winter is lasting too long.
    xx,
    Margot
    https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com/

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  18. I love these tips, lady- January always feels like the LONGEST + coldest month! These habits will def help!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  19. Great tips Gabrielle! January is a great month to book travels :)
    Have a wonderful week! xxx
    www.travelera.es

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  20. Great round up! It's so important to lift your mood this gloomy time of the year. Love the treat yourself tip!

    Annessa
    www.seekingsunshine.com

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  21. I hated hearing about Blue Monday, especially as it fell on my Birthday! I definitely tried to ignore it and your ten ways are ones I feel really passionate about, especially enjoying your food and treating yourself - those are definitely my favourite! ;)

    Musings & More

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  22. Not gonna lie, I definitely get the case of January Blues (Is that a thing? haha) and this was really helpful. Glad to know I'm not the only one with a bit of a case of the Mondays (January is basically the Monday of the calendar year, right?!) and post holiday sluggishness, so I can use all the inspo I can get!!

    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

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  23. I love posts like this that remind me that it's OK to take some time out and look after yourself a little more. This is definitely something I need to do more of, not just in January, so I will keep your tips in mind :) x

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  24. These are great tips. I am guilty of overthinking. It is something I need to stop doing or I will drive myself crazy.

    www.mydailywear.co.uk

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  25. Bless you for this. I adore Winter and January, but the pressure of a new year always gets to me a bit around this time. I'll definitely be taking your advice!

    Amber - yachtsmaan.blogspot.com

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  26. Love this post! Pampering myself is one of my favourite things to do during the winter months!

    Bella x
    https://bellasfashionjournal.com

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  27. These are fantastic and helpful tips. I tend to over think a lot and deal with anxiety so I like to have mini projects going on. Takes my mind off things.
    Simera |Beautetude

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  28. Wow! Great tips! Wonderful post and photos!
    www.recklessdiary.ru

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  29. I'm loving all of your lifestyle posts lately!! These tips are all so great especially with everyone missing the holidays. I am hoping to book a trip soon to take advantage of good flight deals and also, like you said, to have something to look forward to!

    Tina
    www.justatinabit.com

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  30. Yes! Treat yo self! Hehehe. Actually I love the last point. How you can help someone else, be it something small like helping them with chores or even just picking up the phone and lending your ear for a moment or so.

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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  31. Great post! I really needed the good vibes today <3

    http://www.kyroandstyle.com

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  32. Booking travel always works for me although I should probably tackle some decluttering too!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  33. Love this post girl! Completely agree with watching films, that's always the best way I find to relax and switch off after a long day! Booking travel is a great one too - so lovely to have something to look forward too! Fab tips lovely!

    Hayley xo
    www.frockmeimfamous.com

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  34. This is exactly what I try to do always! So I totally agree with you! :)
    xx Elisa
    Francine's Place | Diy & Lifestyle Blog

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  35. These are great tips, Gabrielle. There is something magical about booking a trip , especially for summer, that always makes me feel happy. I'm trying to decide where to go this summer and I'm already excited.
    Nina
    Nina's Style Blog

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  36. I always love your lists! And your photography - gorgeous. I agree with all 10 of these! Especially booking some travel and enjoying some chocolate ;)

    xx www.qustomquinns.com/blog

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  37. Stunning pictures as always! I actually booked a trip for later in the year last week and it makes January SO much better. I've also been all about the pampering this month!
    Amy xx
    www.callmeamy.co.uk

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  38. I love the lantern, it looks like a mixture of home-y, modern and practical!

    And I just gotta love the post. I love good vibes and self-love posts, and this is definitely one of them!

    When it's cold and you're having a 'holidays' hangover, I believe pampering yourself is a great way to combat the blues.

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

    - Gretch of GG Memochou

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  39. These are all such great encouraging ideas, girl! I love the ones on pampering and taking it easy on oneself. After a super hectic holiday season, this can make such a difference to one's mood. You've encouraged me to stop by Lush this weekend and pick up some bath bombs :) As for that lantern, how cute is it!? I love the idea and I'm sure it does enhance the coziness in any room! Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you're having a great week so far!

    Xo,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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  40. Wonderful post and tips, babe!!! They are what we all need in January! I so agree on booking travel, it gives you something to look forward to and work towards! Exercise is also an amazing stress reliever, as is chocolate! ;) Hope you had a lovely Christmas & New Year, darling! Xxxx

    https://theemasphere.com

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  41. Booking a trip DEFINITELY helps lift my mood. And hanging out with friends is necessary to my well being! I need to see or talk to at least one of my gal-pals each day.

    Love, Lindsey
    http://www.thenomisniche.com/

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  42. These are great tips, I'll keep them in mind. I can't wait for February :)

    STYLE VANITY

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  43. These are great tips, I'll keep them in mind. I can't wait for February :)

    STYLE VANITY

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  44. What a cute and helpful list, love the idea of mini indoor projects :)



    www.heresometimes.com

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  45. I love your list...Thinking about others and helping them is actually incredibly effective in making ourselves feel better. Doing something for others does more than create social skills or allows us to spend time with others and build friendships...it can actually do wonders for our confidence. We all feel stuck in a rot sometimes and helping others is a great way to think outside the box. It is so important to learn how to be happy for others. People talk a lot about how the modern world makes us more lonely and in some aspects modern life does that, but in reality it is all up to us. If we do not invest time in building our friendships and relationships, then they will not reach their full potential...as simple as that.

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  46. I love making lists too, it is indeed therapeutic but also they help to get stuff done :D I'll be booking a trip with a friend in a couple weeks (hopefully), doing that in January definitely makes you feel better because you have something fun to look forward to. To this list I'd add treating yourself to one or two items from the sales, I know Christmas was just a few weeks ago but right now is the best time to find a pretty jumper with a good deal!
    Also, that lantern is gorgeous, lucky you! :)

    Julia x
    Last post: L'Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask Review | http://juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/review-loreal-pure-clay-detox-mask.html

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  47. I am definitely loving these tips! Especially the travel one haha. I have to admit I LOVE have trips to look forward to. I also totally agree about the food thing. Stress is almost as bad for you as eating the wrong thing! I give in to cravings so that way I don't go crazy the next day. It's good for you. ;)

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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  48. Such a great post. Definitely need it... and vacay!! I love that lamp too btw!

    Sabrina | Gypsy Tan

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  49. The lantern is gorgeous! I actually quite enjoy January and the feeling of fresh starts and setting new goals. The weather is another matter however! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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  50. Fitness definitely helps lift my mood. I'm trying to get in a workout this evening!

    District of Chic

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  51. Couldn't agree more with this list! We need to think about others and also ourselves!

    http://forvanityssake.com

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  52. Love these tips! The mere act of travel planning always manages to lift my spirits as it raises my sense of anticipation. These photos are amazing Gabrielle!

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  53. Loving these tips! Especially the first one, overthinking is my biggest fall down, so I'm trying to stop doing that and just be more spontaneous!

    x Annabelle
    travelsandtea.com

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  54. January can be such a depressing month so I love all the times you've offered Gabrielle. Pampering always makes you feel a 100% better and working out is so good for the mind.

    Cyber Mermaids | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

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  55. Booking a travel definitely helps, thanks Gabrielle. And oh that lamp is really cute, your table set-up and lighting is epic.

    www.busyandfab.com

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  56. Great advice :) This list feels like a check list for 2017 or like new years resolutions. Love your advice and your photos are lovely. http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/01/7-ways-to-elevate-your-wardrobe.html

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  57. Great tips! January is so depressing, I like to set fitness goals and work-out so at least I feel somewhat productive.

    Ash | www.liakadatravel.com

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  58. Number 2 is me at the moment. I feel like there's nothing better than making travel plans and honestly nothing really makes me happier than when I'm brainstorming places to go to...

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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  59. Awesome tips! I love the idea of booking a trip - it just makes you feel excited and uplifted!

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

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  60. These are fantastic ideas for January...I'll be glad when it's over :D x

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  61. What a fantastic list of things to do in January, Gabrielle! Going for a long walk when the mood is slipping a little or soaking in a warm bath with a good book in hand are just great ways to beat the winter blues :-)

    Miriam
    www.londonkitchendiaries.com

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  62. I guess they don't call it the January Blues for nothing! Great tips
    xx

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

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  63. Travel is definitely my favourite way of cheering myself up haha, thanks for sharing. Brilliant list! Xx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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  64. I had a weekend break last week to Budapest and I'm to Barcelona in a couple weeks, it's definitely nice to have something to look forward to!

    Hannatalks

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  65. Great post, your tips are very useful (:

    www.caterina-m.blogspot.com

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  66. Great post Gabrielle and what a beautiful Lantern. I love your new blog design too. Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  67. I've got to agree treating yourself and Chocolate work for me mmmm
    Winnie
    xxx
    New Blog Post: http://itsjustwinnie.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/what-will-you-wear-aisle-style-dresses.html
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  68. But how good though?! Loved reading this and so many great ideas to keep the mood on top. Eating chocolate after a long day is a must and watching a movie is always a great idea! Xx

    www.thefashionfolks.com

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  69. Mini projects do work! I've tried water color and brush lettering lately and I surprisingly find it very therapeutic and relaxing. :)

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  70. I'm sure everyone as a gloomy day but it's always nice to find a way to lift our mood! :D I really like this list. There are so many nice things on it. Thanks for sharing your tips with us Gabrielle!
    p.s The lantern is beautiful!!

    ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND

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  71. Thanks for your tips on lifting your mood in January. In general, I find January and Febuary the least productive months of the year for myself!

    xo, Yasmin
    http://www.iamyasmin.ca

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  72. I'm a massive fan of number 2 - I end up booking most of my flights for the year in January as I love having trips to look forward to! I must say though that I'm enjoying my food a little too much at the minute and as it's been hovering between -5 and -10C in Geneva in the last week or two I've done no exercise whatsoever as it's just been too cold. That being said i'm not going stress about it because life is too short :)

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  73. I'm glad I've got to read this before ending the first month of the year. This sounds interesting and effective.


    Xeph | Misadventures

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  74. I love this article !! I'm kind of the same : I NEED to make list. It helps me clear my mind and focus on my priorities.

    I also think booking travel even if it is just small trip help you go through your daily routine.

    Kenza from http://travelwithkenza.blogspot.fr/

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  75. I always enjoy lists! And absolutely agree with all your points. Hope you have a lovely weekend!
    Christina ♥ https://caliope-couture.com

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  76. Great tips! I agree especially with the relaxing baths and so on :D

    http://thewonderfashion.blogspot.com

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  77. These are really good suggestions for surviving January, Gabrielle and thank goodness, it's almost over. I think I may need them for February though! ;) I especially love the ones about thinking of others, working out, and booking travel. Those give me an instant shot of happy feelings. Thanks for sharing!
    xo, janea
    theSTYLetti

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  78. Love these tips!! Planning a trip for the year ahead is an awesome way to lift up my mood for sure! :P
    I would also include listening to music because that always makes me feel better :)

    Andrea.

    Seize your Style

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  79. What a wonderful list! I do need to focus more on #1 :)

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