The January blues
With the post-Christmas comedown, gloomy days and the back to work blues, January can be a tough month to navigate. I opt out of making any new year’s resolutions because I find the new year is one of the hardest times to implement change. My only objective is to warmly welcome the month, take extra care of myself and generally go with the flow. So, today I’m sharing eight things I do to ease the January blues.
I go out of my way to be kind to myself in January, this includes doing all the things I love and keeping up with my daily gratitude and meditation practices. I also like to remind myself that the days are getting longer, and the snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils are on their way.
Friends and laughter
I always catch up with as many friends as I can and it’s a gorgeous way to spend the darker days and evenings. So far, I’ve had brunch, been on a photowalk and enjoyed a lot of tea and cake. Dates with friends are good for the soul and it’s great to have a diary full of joyful plans.
I love having a January declutter because despite trying to live simply, I always find my stuff builds up – seriously, where does it come from? I find it uplifting to let go of the unused and unloved items, especially when they’re donated to charity.
Daylight and fresh air
During the winter months it’s good to get as much daylight and fresh air as possible, I like to walk each morning and on sunny days I wrap up warm and pretend it’s summer! I also plan dates with my family and friends that involve being outdoors to take advantage of the limited daylight hours.
After the indulgence of Christmas, I try to eat a little healthier, after all, a good diet seems to boost my energy levels. I stick to a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables and I reduce my intake of caffeine, sugar and alcohol. For me, an ‘everything in moderation’ approach works best because I’ve learnt that if I cut something out I tend to crave it more!
Sleep and exercise
Exercise is wonderful for the body and mind and so during January, I try to walk, swim or workout every day. Little and often is my strategy and when I’m not feeling particularly motivated, I focus on how great I’ll feel when it’s done. I also enjoy a regular sleep pattern and on the colder evenings, I unwind in a lavender bubble bath.
At this time of year, I make even more of an effort to put my phone down and switch off with a book or film. I also use January to take a step back to plan my year with playful days to dream, explore, create and have fun.
As a minimalist, I buy very little however I do allow myself a few treats to brighten up my home. I also like to restyle my apartment because a mini refresh makes me feel like spring is just around the corner!
Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope January is being kind.