Updated for 2020.
How to Cope With the Winter Blues
There are no ways to cope. Christmas is officially over. Work starts tomorrow and the kids go back to school. New Years Day – possibly the most depressing day of the year.
Ok, ok, I’m being melodramatic I know. And I said just a few days ago that I wasn’t going to feel all down and out. January is the month of new starts, new opportunities, a fresh perspective. Blah, blah, blah. As if it ever feels like any of this in reality.
And why on earth you’d want to start dry January, god only knows. Why not kick yourself further into the mud by denying yourself a drink/chocolate/fried food?!
Seven Ways to Get Through January
Anyways, to pick myself up, I’m putting together some simple things we can all do to help us get through this dark (optimistic), dreary (fresh), and longggg (yep it really is) January.
Please share with me your ideas in the comments or I’ll be forced to have a very soggy Jan indeed.
Get Outside and Walk
Obvs I know but they (whoever they are) all spout on about walking being really good for us. And you know what, they might just be right. So even if it’s five minutes around the block. Do it. Perhaps listen to a podcast? Here are my favourite podcasts.
Short-Term List Making
Again another straightforward tip but it really does help. Can’t sleep, make a list. Can’t decide, make a list. Write it down, get it out of your brain and on to paper. It is so much more manageable that way. Here are my tips for how to get sh*t done as a busy mum!
Long-Term List Making
By long-term I mean lists that you can refer to frequently. Lists of your favourite recipes. The places you want to visit this spring and summer. And even lists of indoor activities for the kids. These types of lists are handy when you’re in one of those “it’s tipping it down and we don’t know what to do moods.”
Perhaps it’s sensible, maybe it’s sad but thinking about next Christmas always perks my mood a bit! I try and buy bits in the sales where I can. You can often pick up bits half price or less. For more money-saving tips, read here.
One Change at a Time
Try not to change too much at once. The pressure of making loads of resolutions and all that whatnot can just lead to overwhelm and feelings of failure before you’ve even started. Instead of one huge resolution, break it down. If you want to eat healthy, perhaps aim for one new recipe in week one, two in week two and 3 new recipes from then on. Find something that actually works for you and your family.
Have a few plans up your sleeve
I find planning things to look forward to in January really help me get through that initial “Christmas is over and I feel rubbish” slump. Even if it’s as simple as a lunch with friends, having something to look forward to can really brighten your mood.
Carry on the Christmas coZiness
Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean you have to take down every single fairy light and candle. I leave candles around my home all year. and I leave fairy lights up all year. I don’t mean on a Christmas tree but little white lights here and there, dotted about, they are pretty, warming and I find them comforting. and why not.
What do you do to try and beat the winter blues? Are you all excited and jumping off the walls about school and back to the work routine?! Share with me in the comments!