5 Best Ways To Stay Motivated in January

Toby Green on 9 January 2020
A book and mug of tea on grey bed sheets.

As positive as starting a New Year can be, for many of us, January can also be the time where the winter blues really set in.

But fear not. We’ve pulled together some tried and tested ways to keep you inspired during the slump season, and to make sure you’ve got the best mindset when starting the new semester.


Although it can be tempting to stay in your warm bed when the weather is dark and gloomy, laying around in a dimly lit room is far from the best way to keep a positive mindset. 

Sticking to an active routine is one of the most important ways of keeping yourself motivated when you’re feeling down during the winter months. Get up early, get out of bed, have a good breakfast and head to your lectures! 

Sounds simple enough, but trust us, you’ll thank us later. 


With January upon us, it’s easy to join the club of New-Year’s-resolution-gym-goers. Even though heading to the gym at this time of year is seen as an annual fad, staying active is key to making sure that you’re in the best possible shape to get through the winter months. 

Why not give a sports or athletics society a go? There’s normally plenty of clubs on campus, so have a look on your student union website or check out your university’s refreshers fair and see what you can get involved with. After all, exercising with a friend (or a whole bunch of them) makes the whole process easier. 


Whether you’re a true socialite or a bit of a recluse, a great way of keeping busy during winter days is by meeting up with friends and family. 

Even though it sounds obvious, between getting caught up with studying for those January exams and properly taking care of yourself, it can be easy to forget that spending time with people you’re close to can be a great way to stay chilled. Have a meal, go watch a film and take time off from your busy schedule, we promise, it’ll leave you in a more refreshed state of mind. 

Make Plans 

Being a goal-oriented person makes getting through the gruelling winter months a little bit easier. With that in mind, making some concrete plans outside of the often unachievable list of resolutions can set yourself up for more success when looking to stay active throughout January. Writing down these goals is an effective method of staying committed to them as well, with people who have written goals being 50% more likely to achieve than people without them.

Why not plan a day trip to somewhere you’ve never been before? Or find a new spot to eat? While the start of semester can feel like a busy time, you and a friend are sure to have a couple hours of downtime at some point, so why not make the most of it? Some fun will take your mind off the looming deadlines and grim weather. 

Healthy eating

Linking back to the importance of a healthy lifestyle, taking care of your body during the winter season will help you to feel way more energised, and your diet is a hugely important aspect of that. 

Although it can be tempting to indulge in comfort foods (looking at you, cheese and wine night), by maintaining a healthy, balanced diet, your body will be able to manage the winter conditions much better. This doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself, but keep eating your greens by aiming for the 5-a-day benchmark, and make sure you’re also getting plenty of other vitamins and minerals. 

Once you’ve got that sorted, you’re less likely to feel run down by colds and such, and will be more able to make the most of your second semester! 

Toby Green
Toby Green on 9 January 2020