THE JANUARY BLUES
With the post-Christmas comedown, new year’s resolutions, rainy days and the back to work blues, January is definitely one of the hardest months. And after the festive period, I always feel sluggish and not really motivated to set myself any challenging goals. So after years of grey Januaries, I decided to be kind to myself which in turn made the month a much nicer place to be. So here are my 8 ways to ease the January blues.
It’s normal to not feel your best in January so don’t worry or be hard on yourself if you’re not jumping for joy. I like to remind myself that the days are getting longer and the daffodils and crocuses are on their way.
FRIENDS & LAUGHTER
I always catch up with friends in January and it’s a lovely way to spend the darker evenings. Fun times and laughter are good for the soul and if nothing else we can giggle over who’s having the most miserable month! January is also a great time to book a holiday and make plans, after all, it’s lovely to have a few exciting things to look forward to.
Yep, you’ve guessed it my all time favourite mood lifter is to remove the clutter. Despite trying to live simply, I always find stuff builds up and there’s nothing as uplifting as letting go of the unused and unloved items, especially when they’re donated to charity.
FRESH AIR & DAYLIGHT
It’s good to get as much daylight and fresh air as possible so grab your wellies and say hello to the great outdoors. I like to walk each morning and on sunny days when there’s a beautiful blue sky I wrap up warm and pretend it’s summer!
After the indulgence of Christmas, I try to eat a little healthier and a good diet boosts my energy levels. I always stick to a balanced diet and believe in eating everything in moderation. I’ve learnt that if I cut something out I crave it and so I tend not to deny myself the occasional treat.
EXERCISE & SLEEP
There’s nothing quite like exercise for feeling good and you don’t need to spend hours on a treadmill, just a brisk walk or a 20-minute workout are enough. Little and often is my strategy and when I’m not feeling motivated I try to focus on how great I’ll feel when it’s over. It’s also wise to get into a regular sleep pattern because the body works better when it has a routine.
At this time of year, the internet is packed with sale bargains and new year’s resolutions so rather than comparing yourself to others or feeling you’re missing out why not switch off with a good book or film. Escaping into a land of fantasy is a cosy and relaxing way to unwind, especially if it’s raining outside.
As a minimalist I buy very little, however in January, I allow myself a few treats to brighten up my home. I also like to clean and restyle my apartment when the Christmas decorations come down. It cheers my heart when things are looking all fresh and sparkly, and it makes me feel like spring is just around the corner.
Do you have any tips for easing the January blues?