December sped by in a colourful whirl of gifts, games, boozy parties and festive foods, and after the New Year’s countdown had carried us into 2016, you may have found yourself waking up with a groan, feeling the accumulated hangover of a month’s worth of overindulgence and overspending.  January is nobody’s favourite month, bills to pay, weight to lose, back to work and nothing to look forward to but a long winter. But there are easy and manageable steps you can take to not only survive this January, but to turn it into an optimistic and exciting start to the New Year.

– Eat healthy

We’ve heard it all before but the importance of eating well for your health and happiness cannot be overstated. Throw away the left over Quality Street (there’s probably only toffee left anyway) and limit your alcohol intake. Your food shop is also an area you can start taking back control of your finances, take a look at the BBC’s ‘Eat well for less’ for ideas on how to eat healthy and save money.

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– Exercise

Release endorphins and alleviate your holiday guilt by visiting the gym. Exercise is one of the best ways to beat the January blues.

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– Ensure you’re getting vitamins C & D

In the winter months we have a lot of cold, flu and darkness to look forward to. Keep your immunity up by getting plenty of vitamin C. Vitamin C can be found in fresh fruit and vegetables. With the lack of sunlight it’s also important to ensure you’re getting enough vitamin D. Vitamin D can be found in liver and fish oils. Vitamin supplements are an easy way to ensure you get the vitamins you need.

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– Something to look forward to

After the hype and anticipation of Christmas and the New Year are over it can leave you feeling rather empty. Give yourself something to look forward to, book a holiday or a weekend break, or, if your bank account’s still not looking too great, start saving for something special!

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– Make a plan

Making a plan and sticking to it is a great way to get on track for the New Year. Get organised and motivated by creating a realistic plan with clear objectives! This could be to exercise more, eat better, save more etc.

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– Ditch the resolutions

This may seem a strange thing to say after encouraging you to make a plan but there are few things more disheartening than falling short of an unrealistic goal. Only make New Year’s resolutions that are manageable and realistic and if you don’t quite manage to achieve them don’t let it get you down, be happy with the progress that you made!

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