I’m not going to lie, after what is always a crazy busy build-up to the festive period and then the actual festivities themselves, I look forward to January and the peacefulness that comes with it. I enjoy getting back into routine, switching the carb-tastic Christmas buffets and horrendous hangovers for veggies and a Body Pump class, and putting on my pyjamas instead of my dancing shoes. But I can totally see how the huge contrast between December and January can cause an impact.
January can be long. It’s usually cold, it rains for 99.9% of the time, it’s so bloody windy you can’t step outside without fear of being whisked off your feet (she says as Storm Eleanor is howling outside), and everyone tends to hibernate indoors. BUT it is the next step towards the beauty of springtime, and the quietness allows a time to reflect and refocus, and hello, cosy nights in means a little pamper becomes part of your daily routine. I definitely think you can embrace those January blues, and here’s how…
1. Get outdoors
As I write this the rain is absolutely hammering it down outside. It’s another dull, grey January day and it couldn’t be easier to just sit in bed all day with Netflix for company, but that ain’t gonna boost my mood. In fact, it will make me feel like a lazy sloth, so later I’m gonna wait for a break in the rain, I’m gonna grab my coat and woolly hat, and I’m going to get outside for a stroll. The fresh air really boosts my mood and gives me so much energy.
2. Indulge in some exercise
I love working out, so any time I feel a bit shit I head to the gym, with a new playlist at the ready on Spotify, and I just smash it. I usually love going in the evening after a long day at work; it always helps to rid my head of the day’s stress, but a morning workout is also really effective in setting myself up for the day. January is the perfect time to start a new hobby or join a new gym class. Yes, it can be extremely daunting, but everyone has to start somewhere. That person who is the fittest in the class would have felt nervous at joining a new gym class at some point.
3. Have a digital/home/life detox
Ahh, a cleanse is so good for the mind and soul. Whether you need to overhaul your wardrobe (I once threw out hirty sequin, leopard print, and cleavage-showing dresses that I used to wear when I first started clubbing aged 17. No better way to start your year!), your laptop, your kitchen cupboards or your “friends” list, January is the perfect time to do it. Set yourself a day, get some comfy clothes on, shove your hair up in a pineapple bun and get to it.
4. Enjoy a cosy night in with the gals
Honestly, I don’t think I can look at another flute of prosecco until well into February. Christmas has well and truly ruined me, and I don’t want to suffer with another hangover for a very, veeery long time. Instead of painting the town red this January, I’m going to ask the girls over for some pampering, movies and healthy treats. Waking up feeling fresh will be absolute bliss too!
5. Get planning for 2018
One of my favourite things to do is plan out my new year, in my super sparkly mermaid-esque planner which you can find here. I love being busy and love having plans, so I’m already starting to get some things booked into the diary over the next few weeks. I have my birthday coming up, I’m off on a spa day and I’m trying to convince Dan that a mini-break away in February is a great idea. It doesn’t have to be a massive event or special occasion, mate dates to the cinema or out for coffee work just as well.
Lots of love. xoxo