Am I the only one who finds January incredibly tough? I know I’ve struggled in previous years, but this time it seems unusually hard. Here are the key reasons I think maybe we should perhaps take a cue from Chinese New Year, and start fresh in February instead:
- We need to recover from Christmas/the Holidays
Despite the time off work, I usually seem to attempt more than I should in the festive period and end up in sore need of another break. This year we went to New Zealand (which was amazing, more on that soon), but the 16 day trip has left me feeling like a squished cartoon character.
- We’re always ill in January
Maybe this is related to point 1, but it’s becoming a bit of a joke. The rest of the year, I’m (touch wood) the picture of robust, defiant health, but in January something always flattens me. This year’s mundane but pesky cold/cough is now into its third week. Yay. And I’m not the only one: half the people I work with are in the same boat.
- It’s a terrible time to start resolutions
Given that fitness and healthy eating seem to top almost everyone’s goals list, why do we try to launch into this when the weather and short days are more conducive to snuggling inside and eating lasagna? And see point 2.
- I have a birthday in January
Wouldn’t it be lovely to have just a little more indulgence before facing the reality of the credit card bill, the scales and the resolutions? If your birthday is in this dark, bleak month, please tell me how you celebrate.
But, because this isn’t supposed to be a dreary post, here’s how to deal with it:
- Go easy on yourself
You don’t have to make fancy resolutions (which you never keep, anyway) and even if January is a write-off, you still have 11 glorious months in 2016 to sneak in some achievements. I’m trying not to freak out about promising everyone I’ll release a new novel this year. 330 days is loads of time, right…?
- Eat well, but not obsessively
Even in the midst of my gloom, I’m doing pretty well at eating “real” food and scaling back portions. I’m trying not to call it a diet but I am tracking both calories and exercise and I admit I would love to see a lower number on the bathroom scales.
- Plan your next trip/staycation
I doubt I’ll get there this year, but I have a new favourite retreat venue! I’ll share it in my next post.
- Get off the sofa
I’m not just talking about exercise (although – wow – that really helps lift my mood), I’m also talking about shaking up your routine. I’ve noticed, especially at weekends, even when I think I want to do nothing, I actually feel more rested when I get my brain a little out of its rut. I’m nudging myself to take a craft class, schedule a half-marathon and meet an online friend in real life.
- Try these tips which I’ve blogged about before: 8 Ways to Beat the Blues
Do you feel blah in January? What’s your best tactic for feeling refreshed?
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