For most people the ‘January blues’ spill over into the portion of February that comes before Pancake Day (Pancake Day is a massive source of joy, obvs). I’m sure payday has briefly alleviated your post-Christmas depression, but I expect even that was short lived as the funds rapidly exited your bank account.
I was recently gifted some rather exciting DVDs to help my household shift those dreaded blues. All have been on my ‘to watch’ list for a while, and have enthralling plot-lines with the theme of Great Escapes.
Amazing right? Now, I’ve not watched any of these yet, so no spoilers in the comments please!
Here’s how I’ll be escaping ‘the blues’ this January.
Curling up in front of a film.
Obviously, now I’m in possession of some action packed DVDs I’ve got some fab film nights ahead of me. We’ve got a corner sofa and I usually occupy said corner, so I plan on cosying up with a cuppa and a blanket to watch these great films with Accidental Hipster Dad.
Reading in bed.
Reading in bed is totally underrated. I’ve started doing it again after many years. I don’t mean reading a few sentences before you drop off. I mean purposefully going to bed early, with the intention of getting some reading done. It’s such a wonderful way to relax before sleep. No TV, no need to look at your smartphone, just you and your book. The best part is, once you’re fully relaxed and ready to catch so Zzzzzs, you’re already in the right place!
Money is always a bit scarce in January. I have my fiance’s and my daughter’s birthday in the second week, so ours has an extra strain, but even without birthdays, most people struggle. It can be a pain when you can’t just buy whatever you want whenever you feel like it. I get myself a little treat to get myself through. Sometimes chocolate, sometimes nail polish, occasionally a trashy magazine. If it’s £3 or under I consider it to be worth it for the joy it brings. Try it, see what you think.
We’re trying to eat more wholesome food. I made a soup the other day, it looked offensive but tasted delicious! Home cooking is usually cheaper than a take-away (providing you’re not overly ambitious). Eating well is known for it’s mood-boosting effects. It makes sense that if a balanced diet improves your overall health, it improves your mood too. If you’re not sure where to start, I recommend getting a slow cooker, they have a habit of making it easy to throw together a hearty meal.
A glass of red.
I don’t know about the antioxidant properties of red wine, or anything about what it really does for your health, but my goodness it’s lovely! I don’t drink much or very often but I had a couple of small glasses of red wine last night and I really enjoyed them. They made me feel all warm and fuzzy (I get all pink when I drink) and I really love the taste. Also, if you don’t usually drink, a small amount can make you feel quite relaxed and as I only had a tiny bit, I slept well and didn’t have a hangover. Brill!
What do you do to beat the January blues?