We have nearly made it through the month of January! Generally known to many as one of the most depressing months after the celebrations of December. I have to be honest, I really don’t mind January. I love the prospect of starting the new year on a high. I don’t find the short days and long, dark nights that tedious providing I have things to look forward to. Getting exciting stuff in the diary pleases me greatly. I don’t really go in for the “new year, new me” ethos so don’t set myself up for a fall. I am who I am and generally happy with my lot. It helps that I have a positive outlook on most things and always surround myself with my favourite people. With this in mind, I thought I might share with you five tips that have made me happy this month, which you can take forward into February.
Surround yourself with people who you love. Friends, family and loved ones can lift your mood no end. I plan brunches, lunches, dinners, walks, coffee dates (you get the gist!) with my nearest and dearest so that I always have something to look forward to. Most of my socialising is done at home or at friends houses so it doesn’t have to cost a packet either.
Do Something You Love
For me, I love cooking and baking. I get caught up in what I’m doing to the point that I forget about any worries I may have. I feel this way in the dance studio too. It’s the freedom of doing something you love that makes you feel so good. Find time to do something for you. Be it reading, going to the movies, running or just chilling with a glass of wine watching Netflix.
Drink Tea and Eat Cake
Don’t deprive yourself. I find it very difficult watching and listening to people saying “I am giving this and that up” at this time of year. Why deprive yourself during the shortest and darkest days? I strongly believe in “everything in moderation” and never say “no” to that slice of cake.
Wrap yourself up in your warmest coat, hat and scarf, put your wellies on and explore. Being outside in the fresh air will stimulate your mind and having some natural daylight on your skin will lift your spirits no end. Trust me! For me, it doesn’t even matter if it’s raining. I still get a buzz from the great outdoors.
Bring The Outdoors In
I have gone a little nuts with plants in the house recently. I find greenery very calming. I think it reminds me that spring is just around the corner and the long, cold, dark nights will soon be a thing of the past. Flowers help too. Get yourself a bunch of daffodils, tulips or a potted hyacinth to give your house a flash of colour. It makes all the difference. An instant uplift that costs a couple of pounds if that.
I hope my little tips inspire you to get a date in the diary with a loved one, get outdoors and give yourself a little treat. I would love to know how you cope with the darker months so please feel free to share your tips in the comments section below.