How to enjoy January

How to enjoy January

I’ve always felt a bit sorry for January. It’s got such a bad rep. It’s cold, it’s dark, it’s wet, Christmas is over, we’ve each put on about 4 stone throughout the festive season, and it takes approximately 27 weeks to reach pay day.

But it’s not January’s fault that it comes directly after December, the jolliest of all months. There it is just waiting in the wings ahead of February, preparing to come out on stage and have it’s moment of glory. But the audience have already left the auditorium by the time January takes that first tentative step into the limelight. People aren’t interested in January, they just want to go and get a diet coke and some crisps and come back when it’s over. Am I taking this analogy too far? I’m not even sure it makes sense.

Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that so many of us write it off as being a miserable month, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Here are a few ways you can enjoy January, and get the 20s off to a roaring start.

1. Plan something nice to look forward to.
I consider myself lucky to have a birthday in January. It’s not for everyone – especially if you like warm weather to be an essential attendee at your birthday party. But it does mean I always have something to look forward to as January rolls around. Whether it’s lunch with a pal, a movie night at home, or a trip to the beach, get it booked in so that can you look forward to it.

2. Set yourself some goals.
Is there anything you’d like to achieve in the coming weeks and months? Want to run a 10k? Want to decorate your bedroom? Want to set up a business? Write these down somewhere you will be able to see them regularly (not on a random envelope that you’ll accidentally recycle), and start taking steps towards them. It’ll give you something positive and exciting to focus on!

3. Embrace the miserable weather.
Let’s be honest, it’s hard to be cosy when the sun is beaming and there’s sweat trickling down your neck. That ain’t a problem you need to worry about when it’s January in the UK. You can make your house super cosy when it’s gloomy outside. Flick on some lamps (bonus points for fairy lights), light a candle, put on your cosiest jumper and joggers, and settle down on the sofa with a feel-good film and a mug of hot chocolate.

4. Make the most of a quieter calendar.
We’re all rushing around like a colony of honey bees in December. January is much quieter, so use the time to rest, de-clutter your home, or read that book you’ve been saying you’ll read for the last 6 months.

5. Get cooking.
January is a great time to try new recipes (you know, what with it being wet outside and you having spare time in your diary). I’m thinking soups, stews, casseroles, anything that contains sweet potato… BBC Good Food is a great place to look for inspiration. If you’re feeling confident with your culinary skills, maybe you could invite some friends or family over and cook something new for them!

6. Go for a walk.
There will be some days in January when you could get outside for some fresh air and much-needed vitamin D without getting absolutely soaked through to the bone and needing to spend the rest of the day sitting on the radiator. Whilst it may be tempting to stay curled up under the duvet scrolling through Instagram, you’ll feel much better if you get some fresh air (unless you fall of a curb and twist your ankle, obviously). Head to a park, take a stroll around the block, or nip outside for 10 minutes on your lunch break.

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