How to Embrace the January Blues

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I’m back!

I took some time off from blogging for the last few weeks of December because it’s a super busy time (duh!), and getting ready for Christmas took centre stage, as well as finding time to rest of course.

We are currently in that “in between” time, where no one seems to knows what day or time it is (unless you’re still working, like me) often affectionately referred to as ‘twixmas (from betwixt, meaning in between) We know that a new year is just around the corner, but it doesn’t quite feel like it somehow.

January will soon be here, and it often brings with it the blues. After the business of the festive season, having time off work and generally just spending a lot of time doing fun things and eating all the food and watching all the movies, January brings us crashing back down to Earth and back into our everyday lives and routines. All this, coupled with the typically dark and dreary weather that accompanies January can leave us feeling less than our best. There’s even a specific day this month, Blue Monday, that experts state is the worst day of the year!

This I think, is often why New Years resolutions fail for most people- because who feels at their best and most productive in January? The motivation to do most anything wanes very quickly in the face of the dreary weather and the lack of fun festive vibes, and having time to ourselves to spend as we please.

So how can we have a better January? Can we even have a better January?

I think so! Read on for some top tips for dealing with the January blues.

Take Care of YOU

January means getting back to our everyday lives and routines. If you’ve had some time off over Christmas it can feel like a slog getting back to “normal”. Taking care of yourself- both physically and mentally, should be a key focus in January. Batch cook your favourite comfort foods, use that bath bomb you got for Christmas, read that book languishing in your to be read pile. These small acts of self care will go a long way to making you feel better this month. Take time to rest, and say no when you need to.

Schedule something to look forward to

December feels magical because we are looking forward to something special- whether that’s Christmas, Hannukah, the Solstice or any other special celebration there’s a whole month of build up and excitement! Having something to look forward to is a must for January, and it doesn’t have to be something big and amazing like a holiday or other big purchase. It could be a trip to see friends, a day out somewhere local, an apppointment to get a facial or massage. Anything that feels good to you, and feels like a treat will give you a much needed spark to get through January.

Lean in to the weather

Here me out- the dark dreary weather is not going to magically change to full on sunshine so instead of resisting it, lean into it. Accept that this is what it’s likely going to be, and embrace it. It’s a game changer! Dark drizzly days are great for reading books, baking cookies or drinking hot chocolate whilst watching your favourite TV show. Yes- you can’t do those things all day every day in January, but you can relish the opportunities when you can. If you are in the throes of Seasonal Affective Disorder, this post has ideas that might help. As always, please see your GP if you’re concerned about your mental health.

Say not now to resolutions

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- January is not a time for resolutions! If you really want to then of course, thats your choice. But if you’re on the fence, might I suggest waiting? I think January is more of a time for reflection than action. Once the days brighten a little, and you’re back into your routine I think it becomes much easier to implement resolutions. I appreciate the “neatness” of starting January 1st, but don’t be so stressed with the exactness of it that you set yourself up for failure.

Remember: It won’t last forever!

This is easier said than done I’ll grant you- but it is just one month out of twelve. It will be over sooner than you think. So rather than resenting it, and essentially missing out on the whole month, why not try some of these ideas to embrace it, even just a little bit?

Do you suffer from the January blues? What helps you through it? Comment down below!

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