Suffering the January blues?
Cold and grey, no money, low mood?
It can be a hard month, especially considering the excesses of December. Perhaps you’ve gained a couple of pounds in weight, lost a couple of pounds in cash. Feeling sluggish after too many late nights, one too many Prosecco?
You were so committed to those New Years resolutions when you made them, but now? Well, life just ain’t turning around quick enough. The best way to deal this is imagine you’re climbing a ladder. Each rung is a step up from where you were. You have your baseline, so even if you have to take a breather after a wobble every now and again, you’re still further on than you were! Remember whatever challenge or promise you’ve made to yourself, it should serve your life. It should enhance it, not make it hell, otherwise why would you stick to it?
Things to muse on?
If you’re wanting to get fit, gym sessions aren’t the only solution…
What form of exercise will you get the most from, what will you enjoy the most? Are you more outdoorsy, do you like to dance, are you competitive? Choosing the right activity for you can make a big difference when it comes to sticking with it!
Why do you want to lose weight? Is it to get healthy or thin?
There is such a thing as loving yourself truly and if you do, you’re far more likely to nourish your body with the right nutritious foods that will leave you with plenty energy, feeling good and looking good. Make your goal to make peace with yourself and it’s all much more likely to fall into place.
If your wanting to improve your diet…
Hit the market. Nothing quite like an independent market with an abundance of fresh fruit and veg, herbs and spices to choose from! Cooking it shouldn’t be a stressful affair either stir fries, soups and stews essentially require a bit of peeling and chopping, but once that’s done, you should be flying. There are an abundance of recipes available online to follow
It’s good to be grateful.
With an empty bank account, grey clouds looming and the lull after the storm, it can be hard to see the light, but it is there! Find three things to be grateful for everyday. Be it for the affection of those around you, the warm bath you grated yourself to when you got home from work or a well cooked meal. Whatever it is, however small, it’s a great healthy habit to get into! It’s invariably the small things that make up your life!
Keep life interesting.
Most people are never tourists in their own town. Get out and about and see what’s out there and hey, we are blessed because a lot of it is free! We have art galleries with regularly changing exhibitions, libraries, historic sites, beaches, woods, nature trails, parks in the city, museums of all kinds, architecture and yes most of it is free besides perhaps a car or bus ride. Go see something you’ve never seen or that interests you. Have a break from the same four walls!
Need a bit of a pick me up?
Cash may be at an all time low this month, but it doesn’t mean you have to go without feeling good! For free or even a few coins, you can help perk yourself up!
Raid the kitchen cupboards. Organic honey and lemon juice make a nice softening and brightening face mask.
Make a body scrub from some finer grain Himalayan rock salt and grapeseed oil. Add a couple of drops of lavender for extra calm. Do it before your bath, and allow yourself to relax into the warm water and absorb the benefits of the salts.
Start as you mean to go on and commit to 10 minutes meditation a day. Turn off your phone, make sure you’re warm and lay on the floor in a comfortable position. Knees bent up or flat out. Empty your mind or at least, don’t worry if you cannot. Stick with it the ritual, even if it doesn’t work immediately, your commitment and patience will pay off.
Go all hygge and wrap yourself in your fluffiest blanket. Grab your favourite book and settle down for half an hour!
Do you have any tips for beating the January blues?