Do you get the January blues? Word January spelt out with scrabble tiles

I know many people suffer from January blues.  All the excitement of Christmas is over when there’s been lots of socialising with friends and seeing family and the house is full of twinkling lights, lovely smelling candles, mulled wine…..and then it’s all done. 

We take the decorations down and the house looks bare.  Our clothes may be a bit tight as we have overindulged at Christmas and lots of you might be embarking on Dry January (I’m not as it’s my birthday in January so I might have some fizz to celebrate).

Here are some of the things that I find helpful:

  • I fill the house with bunches of daffodils. I went to Tesco last week and they were there for £1 a bunch and that instantly made me happy.  They are my favourites, and it always reminds me that spring is on the way.
  • Get some things booked in your diary to look forward to. It doesn’t have to be an expensive holiday. It can be a meeting with friends for brunch/coffee or a trip to the theatre  – that always makes me happy.
  • Take it easy and enjoy wrapping up in a fleecy blanket and watching a film or a good series on Netflix…..there are lots of good things on.
  • Pick up the phone and have a chat with someone you’ve not spoken to in a while…..they may be feeling a bit blue too and you may help lift their mood.
  • Get out in the fresh air – it doesn’t need to be a parkrun or a 10-mile walk. It could just be getting your coat on and walking to the local shop or for a walk around the block. You’re bound to meet people for a chat.
  • Try something new like drawing, pottery, jigsaws, or anything like that. You never know you might find a talent you didn’t know you had.

January comes around every year and soon the longer days will be coming and the snowdrops will be here!  Be kind to yourselves and keep smiling.

 And don’t forget to get in touch if I can help.