Anyone else feel like we’ve been in January for the last two 100 days?! It definitely feels like it to me, what with the month ending with tax returns and payments if you’re self employed, combined with cold weather; it’s not the cheeriest of months!
I thought I’d share a couple of things to focus on that have been getting me through this sometimes depressing time of year, which I’m also going to try and take into the rest of the year with me too.
First of all make a plan, it can be a short term one like organising to see friends or a longer term goal for the year. I’ve enjoyed focussing my attention onto future projects and have been distracting myself by starting the first steps into a couple of ideas for my content that I’ve been wanting to kick start for a while. I think sometimes it helps to have something to look forward to or something to be working on instead of floating along (which I have been known to do).
Reach out to those close friends and family that make you feel good about yourself, especially if you need to chat about something that’s stressing you out. Sometimes it helps to talk about things, I normally find when I open up to close friends or family about how I’m feeling, I start to feel a whole lot better. It’s also normally the case that they themselves or someone they know have gone through a similar scenario too.
In the words of Marie Kondo, find things that will ‘spark joy’ in your daily life, whether that’s a relaxing hot bath or taking time to read a book or sort out that drawer that won’t shut because you haven’t folded your clothes since last year. By focussing on small plans that will cheer up your mood, will take away focus from that down feeling creeping in and also fill you with a small sense of achievement.
Make an effort to eat a little healthier, I’m not saying go on a start of the year crash diet; as I for one am someone who’s always believed everything in life should be done in moderation. But I have found by putting more fruit and vegetables into my diet have definitely led to a positive effect on my mood too (obviously highlighted by a comforting bowl of pasta once in a while too).
One of the things that always changes my mood is getting outside. There’s something about the fresh air and getting yourself out into the open which gives me a little bit of a different perspective on whatever I’m worrying about (if you didn’t know I’m a serial worrier). It’s also a free activity that you can do alone or accompanied by a friend/dog too.
Be less hard on yourself, I feel like there’s this weird idea that January is this big month where you have to make changes to every aspect of your life and if you don’t it will affect your whole year. Look at it this way, January is just another month and if it takes you until March or even December to make those changes in your life that you’ve been meaning to do, that’s ok too (also who says you have to make any changes!?). Everyone moves at a different pace and don’t compare yourself to someone who’s decided to do ‘all the things’ in January if you don’t feel ready or it’s not your vibe, that’s all good.
These are just a few things I do to cheer myself up whatever the time of year it is, but I thought I’d share them just in case you weren’t quite feeling all the happy thoughts at this time of year. I’d love to know how your January’s been? Did you make any changes or just chill with the ones you’ve already made? Is there any way you cheer yourself up if you ever feel down?