06.01.2017

How to survive January

5 tips on going from surviving to thriving

Words: Modupe Oloruntoba | Images: Giphy.com

Human beings are a wacky bunch. As soon as we’ve said Happy New Year to the 5 people we bothered to call, we ditch the party mood and surrender to existential dread, because now that it’s here, 2017 actually has to start. Well, the first week is up and you’ve moped long enough - it’s time for some tough love. We all took a few L’s last year, so get over it. What 2017 becomes is entirely up to you - make it your best year yet! Use our guide to get back in top form and handle whatever the year throws at you like a boss, starting with the hurdle that is the month of January.

GRIEVE YOUR HOLIDAY

Lavish parties, stunning sunsets, and all the time in the world - the holidays were wonderful. It’s totally okay to be sad that now you actually have to wait until after work to binge on series and booze - you just can’t be sad forever. So don’t cry because it’s over, smile because you have a steady gig, aka a way to earn back the ridiculous amount of money you just spent.

GET RID OF THE PAST

No, I’m not just talking about 2016. Decluttering is actually really therapeutic, and not just for the neat freaks who enjoy it. If your room looks like Trump’s America, clean it. Fridge food smell like the last day of Daisies? Toss it. Toxic friends? Dump them. Cleaning out the closet might be just the boost you need to make it through the month.

GET EXCITED ABOUT POSSIBILITIES

The chances that you’ll do something amazing this year are greater than the chances that you’ll get hit by a bus, so stop wishing for it just because you had to go back to work this week. PS, if your job depresses you that much, maybe it’s time for a new one?

GET REAL ABOUT YOUR STATUS

Finance (broke), relationships (single?), living situation (plotting an ‘accident’ for your roommate), all of it. Know where you stand and where you want to get so you can plan realistically and set yourself up for success instead of disappointment. That means putting your saving goals on debit order, making that break up or hook up official, and moving out to avoid murder charges if necessary.

GET STARTED

Yes, ‘resolution’ is now a dirty word, but failing to plan is still planning to fail. That thing you’ve wanted to do forever? Just do it. Even if it’s just the first step, take it and make some progress. Start today.

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