How are you coping with January my lovelies?
I must admit it’s not my favourite month. The holidays are over and spring, along with warmer weather is still months away so I have devised a few coping strategies to get me though.
1. Daily exercise is essential. I used to be a gym bunny (not always an enthusiastic one) but getting a dog has changed all that. This year I spend at least 90 minutes every morning traipsing across fields or walking through the woods. It might not be as intense exercise wise, but I’m also getting fresh air and benefiting from what little sunlight we get at this time of year. And it’s more enjoyable!
2. Eat well. Now that all the chocolates have gone it’s easier to stick to a healthier diet. I’m keeping alcohol to a minimum and keeping the fridge stocked with as much fresh fruit and vegetables as possible.
3. Fill the diary with activities. Now is the time to make plans to see all of the friends you didn’t see in busy December. It’s amazing how much better you feel with something to look forward to. And don’t just stick to social activities. Get out of the house and go to exhibitions, trade fairs and explore markets you are unfamiliar with. Thinking long term this is also the time when I start to think about and plan, summer holidays.
4. Hit the sales. I know we all have less money after Christmas but this is the perfect time to take the opportunity to buy the things you need at reduced prices. I usually keep away from impulse buys and look at the products I was actually considering pre sale, or stock up on half price bathroom towels and bedding.
5. Treat yourself to fresh flowers. Or a new houseplant. Nothing cheers me up more than a vase of roses or the sight of a thriving green plant. It will make you smile every time you catch sight of it and cheer up dreary corners.
6. Pamper yourself. Don’t feel guilty about doing things that make you happy. An afternoon napping or reading your favourite magazine is allowed. There’s nothing better than plumping up the cushions, lighting the lamps and hibernating for a few hours. Even better with a hot drink and your favourite furry friend for company.
And don’t worry Spring will be here before we know it.