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For many January is one of the toughest months of the year. The tinsel is back in the attic, there are only a few of the least popular chocolates left rattling around at the bottom of the selection box and you now get funny looks for walking around in an ugly jumper with Rudolph plastered across the front.

While January can be a struggle, we thought we’d give you some handy tips to survive the post-Crimbo slump and adjust back to normality.

Get active

We know, it’s cold and dark and your duvet can seem like a much more attractive option than the treadmill. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not knocking duvets - we all love our duvets - but there’s also a lot to be said for getting moving! It might seem tough at first but it’s the perfect antidote to the overindulgence of food and drink many of us take part in over the festive period. Not only is it good for your physical health but exercise is one of the best ways to boost your mood also!

Try something new

Instead of mourning the loss of pigs in blankets until they re-emerge in 11 months’ time, January can be quite an exciting time depending on how you look at it. Why not embrace the ‘new year, new me’ mentality and try something new that you’ve always wanted to do! There are loads of fun activities to take part in and around Shrewsbury and the Students’ Union offers a number of societies you could join – so why not give fencing or rowing a go? You could make new mates and find your new favourite hobby.

Keep an eye on your cash

Following a wealth of socialising and having to buy presents for all your friends, family and your dog, it’s only natural that many will be feeling the pinch after Christmas. It’s therefore a good idea to be a little bit thrifty in January. Make sure you’re making sensible purchases on the essentials and don’t try and curve the January blues by purchasing an entirely new wardrobe full of clothes to make yourself feel better. For more tips on making your money stretch further check out this blog on student finance tips.

Take part in Dry January

Christmas always goes hand in hand with drinking for many. With various nights out with friends and your Nan insisting you join her for a sherry, it can soon lead to a fair bit of boozing. For the aforementioned health and financial reasons, many choose to take part in Dry January and give alcohol a rest for a month. These days, many students choose not to drink all year round meaning there are plenty of people out there who know how to have a good time without chugging WKDs. You could check out what is happening in Shrewsbury’s various theatres and cinemas, meet friends for coffee or stay in for a games night. Although, we can’t be held responsible for anyone throwing controllers across the room after losing too many games of Fifa.

Ease your way back into studying

A stack of textbooks can seem like a daunting prospect after your only responsibility a couple of weeks ago was finding time to watch Elf. Unfortunately, Will Ferrell quotes are unlikely to come up on your exams, so it’s time to get back to studying. Remember that there are plenty of people to help you get back into your uni work. Why not share the load by studying with friends? Or if you’re having trouble getting back into things you can always catch up with your lecturers or personal tutor for a chat and some advice. The important thing is to not panic and you’ll soon be back into the swing of things before you know it.

You can find out more about Student life at UCS here.

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