Uplifting Blue Monday tips to try this January

With the new year come January's cold, bleak nights, but there's no need to worry about those winter blues this year! It's time to beat the January blues and make the start of the New Year a positive one with some uplifting Blue Monday tips.

Keep reading to find out more!

In this blog:

Declutter your home

Tidying your home can be both therapeutic and fulfilling, so why not go all out and declutter your house?

Give your home a good tidy-up and go through all your things, separating the items you want from the ones you no longer want. When you've finished decluttering, go through your unwanted items and either donate or sell them!

If you've got any tech items like phones, tablets or laptops that you don't want, you can sell them with musicMagpie and get instant cash for them (head over to our Sell My Phone page to get started). And you can sell other items with us too, like DVDs, Blu-Rays, CDs and books. Then whatever else you can't sell you can donate to charity, like old clothes and household items.

Get exercising

Exercise is known to boost your mood and health, so it's a good way of keeping content and happy during the harsh winter months and something you should definitely add to your list of Blue Monday tips.

When you exercise, it increases adrenaline and dopamine, which are anxiety-reducing chemicals associated with feeling happy. Any exercise will release these chemicals, so you can choose to exercise however you like.

If you're unsure what exercises to try, look for some easy and relaxing types like yoga. You can practice yoga in the comfort of your own home or head to a class to meet new people – the choice is yours!

Grow a green thumb

Gardening is said to lower stress and anxiety, so it's a great activity to add to your Blue Monday tips if you want to keep occupied and positive.

While there aren't many things to plant in the January month, you have a couple of options suitable for indoor planting and greenhouse planting such as potatoes, celery, broad beans, strawberries and raspberries.

If you want to try your hand at something more floral, you can sow Begonia semperflorens, geranium (Pelargonium) and Dianthus barbatus indoors or in a greenhouse. Or if you'd rather not go all in with gardening, you can try something simpler such as composting or hand a bird feeder in your garden to enjoy the wildlife from the comfort of your window.

Spend time with loved ones

Surrounding yourself with the people you love is a great way to keep your spirits high this Blue Monday, so whether it's family or friends you turn to, make sure to spend some quality time with your loved ones.

Try to visit with friends and family when you can, especially if you're feeling low. If you can't physically visit your loved ones, you can always call them or if you have the technology, try a video call.

Get into a good book

If you want a distraction from your everyday life or something to help you relax and take your mind off things, you can never go wrong with a good book!

We have plenty of second hand fiction and nonfiction books to choose from on the musicMagpie Store, so you're bound to find a book to your liking at a great price.

Once you've found a book you like, you'll have no trouble sitting down and getting stuck into it! Make sure you set some time aside each day to read, whether it's first thing in the morning on the train to work or just before bed to help you wind down for the night.

Get started on our list of uplifting Blue Monday tips by selling your unwanted tech with musicMagpie – why not get started with an iPhone trade in? You'll also find plenty of binge-worthy books to get you started on your reading journey when you shop our second hand books.

What's better to brighten up your mood than getting great deals on tech? Save money and do your part in helping the environment when you buy refurbished iPad devices, used iPhone models and more with musicMagpie! We have plenty of cheap iPhone models to choose from, including cheap iPhone 11,  refurbished iPhone 12 and refurbished iPhone 13 models.