Let’s face it, December is brilliant, exciting and full of fun…and January is the polar opposite.
A combination of a lack of money and getting back to the mundane routine = feeling utterly fed up and really miserable.
In January typically for me the Christmas decorations have gone, I’ve spent way too much money on the plastic, Hubby is going back to work and I’ve got nothing to look forward to. It’s all a bit rubbish and boring, and hard to get myself going again.
However, in order to BEAT the January blues this year I am going to vow to do the following. And thus make sure that this usually awful month doesn’t get the better of me.
So screw you January!! I’m on a mission!!
Exercise – it’s a well known fact that keeping fit and healthy just makes you feel better. Sorry, but it just does. And I for one cannot be bothered going out and doing anything at the moment because I’m feeling bloated, lazy and cold. But…I know that when I was running I felt amazing, alive and happy. One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to get fit again and start up the running. I can’t afford to join a gym, or get a personal trainer (I wish!) so it’s back to running for me. It took me so long to get running again after 2.5 years last time, that I don’t want to do that again. So I am going to try to attempt 2 runs a week starting in the first week in January. I know it will soon make me feel better again. And tone up my wobbly bits and Mum-tum that has sadly crept back again!…(too many mince pies and far too much cheese!).
No money – we’ve spent a small fortune on Christmas and therefore there’s not a lot left until payday again at the end of January. So what can we do until then? Well, Hubby and I love getting out for walks, (which are free), so we will be doing lots of these at the weekend this month. The twins love getting out anyway and enjoy the freedom (and muddy puddles!). I’m also going to try a couple of museums this month, (free again) as a lot cater for children and have lots of activities to do. As for going out at night? Hubby and I didn’t get each other much for Christmas this year, as instead we said we’d have a night away, which we will hopefully use this month.
Start/continue a hobby – i.e. doing something that makes you feel happy. Blogging is my new hobby. I love writing, it helps to make me relax and I throughly enjoy it. I am going to try to make time for it as much as I can this month, around the family. If you are also interested in starting a blog here are my 10 reasons why you should.
Changing mindset – I wrote a post recently about ‘living for the moment’. OK, so it is only the 3rd of January, but I already feel better for it. Happier. With my new outlook on family life. I really am going to try and not worry about trivial things, or get angry about things that aren’t really that important, and enjoy life a bit more. Because when I’m in a great mood the whole family seems to feed off me and be in good moods too!
Plan some social dates – even just arranging a coffee with friends or having them over for a take-away at home, has made me feel better about the weeks ahead already. Things to look forward to. They are in the diary and I’m SO looking forward to them.
So January…take that – I’m thoroughly prepared for you!
Please wish me luck…and hopefully I won’t let January get the better of me!!