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Feeling Blue: 10 ways to beat the January blues

Stephanie Withers

14 January 2018

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After all the festive fun leading up to Christmas, it’s unsurprising many of us get hit by the infamous “January Blues”. Even the liveliest of kids can feel a bit low up when the Easter holidays seem so far away. Therefore, we’ve decided to round up a few tried and tested ideas to help pick everyone back up again. From starting a new project to eating the right foods, check out our top tips for beating the January Blues below!

  1. Declutter

    Out with the old and in with the new - It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by belongings, especially when family life comes with so much gear. Having a thorough sort through, and taking a charity shop run or two, will help your home feel lighter and easier to manage, getting you off to a positive start for the year ahead!

    Two boys reading a book in a homemade den

  1. Be Social

    It’s no secret that many mums can often feel stressed and isolated juggling family life, especially in winter when the days are short as they are. However, going along to a group or meeting a mum friend for a good old playdate can make all the difference to your day - sometimes you just need to see a friendly face.
  1. Den Building

    On rainy days, nothing beats building a cosy den for the kids to amuse themselves in. Whether it becomes a secret hideout, a reading nook decorated or filled with scatter cushions and bowls of popcorn to watch a movie, hideouts always raise a smile!

    A young boy playing in a homemade den

  2. Craft Project

    January is the perfect time to start a new craft project to see you through the remaining winter months. We love giant colouring posters or calling by our local Hobbycraft store where you can pick up everything from DIY teepees and Dollhouses to cardboard castles. There are loads of craft ideas for kids on the blog here at Day Out With The Kids too, so be sure to check out some ideas!

    Writing your own kids book in January

  1. Write & Illustrate Your Own Book

    If your kids are avid readers then why not write your own storybook? Start off with a piece of paper and coloured pens to brainstorm your plot, noting down your characters and title. Then write your masterpiece in a simple jotter, leaving room on the pages for illustrations! It’s a great way to encourage the kids to love reading and to use their imaginations, plus it will make a lovely keepsake too.

  2. Get Outside

    Staying active helps boost those positive endorphins making us happier and more energised. Whether it’s by walking to school in the morning or going for a bike ride around the park, getting out and about each day for some fresh air will leave everyone feeling more refreshed.

    Two young boys riding their bikes at the park with dad's help
  1. Book Something To Look Forward To

    A short break away will give everyone something to look forward to! There are plenty of options, from theme park breaks with overnight stays, to a holiday cottage getaway. No matter where you go, having a break from routine will be something for the whole family to get excited about. You can even find special offers on family short breaks for 2018 right here at Day Out With The Kids!

    A mum looking at short breaks on her phone
  1. Energy Boosting Food

    In winter it’s important to eat the right foods to boost your immune system and keep the family healthy. For your morning porridge, try jumbo oats which release energy slowly helping you stay sustained until lunch. Add chia seeds, a sprinkling of flaxseed or fruit like bananas and berries for an extra punch! Leafy greens are packed full of Vitamin B and can be easily blended into pasta sauces with a squeeze of lemon for some added Vitamin C - a great way to get the kids eating more veg too!

  2. Try A New Class

    Staying busy helps keep the winter blues at bay. Why not contact your local sports centre to find out what classes they have running this winter? For the kids: do you have a dry ski slope nearby? A theatre? Music school? The start of a new year is a great chance to try something new!

    A boy riding his bike in a park
  1. Set Aside ‘You Time'

    It’s important everyone in the family has some time for themselves and that goes for Mum and Dad too. Remember to prioritise time in the week just for you, even if it’s as little as switching off the tech at night to read a book or attending a hot yoga session - Be kind to yourself, as the old phrase goes ‘happy mum, happy baby.’

How will you be beating the January blues in 2018? Let us know in a comment below, or pop in your postcode to get inspiration for your next family day out now!

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Stephanie Withers

14 January 2018

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Stephanie Withers is a blogger, freelance writer, compulsive coffee drinker and mother to two wildlings, Finlay and Parker. Stephanie is one of our much loved Trusted Explorers, which means all content has been written exclusively for dayoutwiththekids.co.uk in exchange for a contribution to their family piggy bank. All posts are first hand, honest and based on real experiences.

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