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Beat the January blues

The festive season is officially over, the Christmas decorations are packed up in their boxes and most of us are back to our usual routines. Add to that the cold, drizzly weather and it’s no wonder that January can feel like the gloomiest month of the year. It’s common to have low energy and mood levels at this time of the year – but that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to combat it and make it less blue.

With Blue Monday upon us, we hand you seven top tips to help shake off the seasonal hangover. Crawl out from under the duvet, head over to Oxo Tower Wharf to try our tips to boost your mood and, for possibly the first time ever, keep the January blues at bay.

1. Less mess, less stress.

If your New Year’s resolution is to be more organised, both at work and at home, we suggest some handy and stylish products from j-me that you can use to make sure everything has its place, is kept tidy and is always easy to find. This is the perfect time to invest in some additional homely products from there; customers quoting ‘COIN1’ in store or online can receive 15% off.

Some products we are loving are:

This whale necklace stand that helps you to untangle the mess of necklaces and bracelets which tends to form in jewellery boxes.

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This wall-mounted shoe-rack, which you can stack up

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A bird key and letter holder to avoid misplacing your keys and important post in the house

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2. Pamper Yourself with a free moroccanoil restorative hair mask

Is your hair feeling dull during the post-party season? Put a little sparkle back into your locks with a free moroccanoil restorative hair mask with any service at Oxo Riverside Hair. Offer is available throughout January, limited to availability and must be mentioned when booking.

3. Green up your desk

Researchers have proven that workers with plants on their desks rate themselves more cheerful and productive. Wagumi’s famous Kokedama / moss-balls (pictured below) will give a lovely touch of greenery to your space. To make Kokedama, a fern, or succulent, is planted inside the moss and then tied together into a ball. These types of plant are known to be the ultimate low maintenance plants. This means that you can try out this tip even if you don’t consider yourself to have the greenest of thumbs.

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4. Head outside

Wrap up warm in that scarf your nan knitted you for Christmas and head into the great outdoors for a fortifying dose of fresh air. Where better to do this than the South Bank? Even a brisk 20 minute stroll will do wonders for your mood. If you haven’t had a chance to visit the mesmerising Mise-en-abyme sculpture by design studio De Allegri & Fogale, which has been reworked for out Courtyard after its first life at the V&A for LDF 2015, this is the perfect opportunity to do so before it is removed in February.

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5. Eat yourself happy

One for the foodies: OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie chefs have cooked up a delightful and nutritious Winter Dining menu especially for this chilly time of the year. Therefore, our fifth tip is to treat yourself to a winter feast with a stunning view over the Thames and the City of London.

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With delicious dishes on their Winter Dining menu including lemon and ricotta ravioli with winter vegetables and pancetta-wrapped pork fillet with red pepper relish, how could you possibly resist?

Their Winter Dining menu includes three courses and a Winter Storm cocktail for £32, available Sunday to Friday at selected times.

6. Get active

When you’re feeling lethargic in January, it’s easy to think you’re too tired to exercise. However, as perhaps all of these January blues-beating posts will tell you, the more you move the better you’ll feel. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get active, five minutes’ walk away from Oxo Tower Wharf you’ll find the Colombo Sport Centre, which is also part of Coin Street. Chat to one of the team about purchasing an affordable gym membership. There are a range of fitness classes available, ranging from Yoga to spin, with discounts for local residents.

7. Create cosy spaces in your home

If you are tired of being told to move and get out in January, and you really do just want to hibernate, this is the perfect time of the year to turn your living space into your own cosy, happy place – this is also known as hygge, the Danish happiness practice to survive winter. Here are a few ways to incorporate hygge into your life:

Light candles, the more the better. Especially if placed in these stylish tealight holders by Josef Koppmann

Objects of Light Tealight Holder, Josef Koppmann at Oxo Tower Wharf, from £480

Take the edge off these darker mornings with Innermost‘s hi-tech lighting products, such as the YOYLight

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Or the stunning artisan-crafted Lateralis bedside table lamp

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Bake yourself some comforting treats and get cosy with a hot cup of your favourite tea served in beautiful crockery by Snowden Flood. Plates and teapots are currently flying off the shelves at Snowden Flood due to the January sales, where you can get up to 40% off on selected products.

River Thames Teaset in Gold, Snowden Flood, OXO Tower Wharf, £118

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Wrap yourself up in a nice warm blanket, such as Archipelago Textiles’ brightly coloured, handwoven throws, and pick up a good book.

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This will help your mind unwind and your body to recharge – and remind you there are some silver linings to winter.

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