It feels like we prepare for Christmas for months (we probably do to be fair!) but once the big day is out of the way and the New Year has been and gone, what happens then? Well we are normally hit by the January Blues and those dark chilly mornings are hard enough without feeling the blues on top! So, what can you do to help yourself get through the first few months of a new year?
Take up something you have always wanted to do
There are so many things I ‘fancy’ doing but never get around to it. One of the best ways to cheer yourself up is to find an activity or a hobby you have always wanted to give a go and then go and do it!
I have always wanted to learn how to knit and I actually bought a small starter kit just before Christmas to create some heart keepsakes made from the girl’s old baby clothes. Obviously, that’s as far as I got, and the kits are still in their packaging, but I really want to make a start on one this month!
Another thing I have always wanted to do is go running and although I joined a local running club back in September, I injured my knee on my third ever run and put myself ‘out’ for 7 weeks! I would love to start this again so once we work out what to do with the girls, Mario and I are going to train together (he runs a lot so knows what he is doing)!
Set some achievable targets for the month
We all tend to go into the New Year with a list of resolutions that we are all fired up ready to smash until we go back to work, back to everyday life and the daily grind sets in. Those resolutions become words on a bit of paper and we rarely actually achieve them. A better way of tackling things would be to come up with 2-3 targets that are both achievable and manageable. There’s no point in aiming to workout 7 days a week when you only workout once a week at the moment!
It’s also a good idea to look back on the last year and note all the good and positive things that have happened to you both personally and professionally. I have just written a post about our blogging year review where I looked at my most popular and best posts of the year. It was lovely to look back as you sometimes forget things you have done and experienced as the year goes on.
Mine this year are to: make sure I always cleanse and tone my face before bed (I never go to bed with make up on but I don’t often ‘wash the day away’ before bedtime!), and to write at least 1 of my own blog posts on my blog each week as I write a lot of reviews but nothing like this post for example. This is part of my bigger target of making more money from my blog this year, but I will go into more detail in my next post about blogging targets.
Get some fresh air
Sometimes just getting out into the fresh air and going for a walk, a run, or a bike ride can be enough to blow the cobwebs off and get us going again. I find if I have had a bad night with the girls or feeling a bit stressed or tired, going for a 20-minute walk really helps to sort my head out! There is also the added bonus of keeping fit and getting 20 minutes with your own thoughts too!
This week I am aiming to do my fitness class, a workout at home one morning and also go for a walk another morning so that I can help myself keep fit and also start my day off the right way! It takes time to start new things, but I know it will definitely help my mental state in the long run!
What could you do this week to blow the Christmas cobwebs off?