Monday, 10 January 2011

The Januarys

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Anyone else got a serious case of the Januarys? All this rain and miserable weather, plus the end of the holiday period and the thought of such a long stretch until summer is enough to make anyone blue.

This is my ten step program for coping until Spring comes:

1. Learn a skill you've always meant to. I mentioned on Friday I'd got started on this one, but I'm planning on my paper cranes being the first of many new things for the year. 

2. Catch up on television. Who needs to go outside when you've got a box set of that show you've always meant to start watching but never quite got around to? Gossip Girl Season 3 and Pushing Daisies Season 2 (which I've owned since last Christmas, oops!) are top of my list for dark nights.

3. Plan your meals for the week. There's nothing better than some good old comfort food when you get in from work. Soups, Baked Potatoes, Pasta and Pancakes, yum! Plan your meals and then pop to the supermarket and buy everything in one go, then there's none of that getting in in the evening to discover the cupboard is bare.

4. Treat yourself to new makeup. This is a bit of a cheat as I got loads from my aunts for Christmas. I'm usually pretty happy to go out barefaced, but a little bit of extra help is nice too, especially when I haven't seen the sun for months and central heating, wind and cold have taken their toll.

5. Bathtime. I take so many baths it's ridiculous. When I had exams in December I had a soothing bath pretty much every day to de-stress, and it really helped. Seriously - hot bath, cup of tea, good book/magazine and I am a happy lady.

6. Buy something ridiculous in the sales. I already mentioned my investment purchase on Saturday, but I'm awaiting a couple more items (hurry up Urban Outfitters shipping!) which I picked up for cheap which I'm very excited about. The sales are my perfect excuse to buy things I wouldn't usually because they're so damn reasonably priced!

7. Hot Water Bottles. I have terrible circulation and get so so cold in winter, I'd carry a hot water bottle around with me all day if I could. I actually did work with someone who'd sit with a hot water bottle on her lap at work. I think it's a brilliant idea!

8. Dance like a loon. My plan for next week is to make a fantastic spotify playlist full of upbeat happy songs and dance around my room to it every evening.

9. Celebrate January. I always feel a bit sorry for people whose birthdays fall in early January or late December as everyone is usually too preoccupied by Christmas to celebrate them properly. If your friends or family have a birthday this month make sure it isn't forgotten and insist they have a party!

10. Make big blog plans. The miserable weather is making it quite difficult to take photos at the moment, so I'm trying to be a bit more organised, taking lots of photos at the weekend, planning a few more wordy posts, as well as getting on with fulfilling my blog resolutions for the year.

and one more for good luck...

11. Get some sunshine. Much as I'd like to jet off to the Tahiti for this one it's not happening so for the moment I'm making a plan to go outside on my lunchbreak everyday and at least get a little bit of daylight on my skin. Otherwise I leave the house in the morning before it gets light and I don't leave the office until it's dark again, and that's just not fun.

How do you stop yourself getting glum at this time of the year? Any Southern Hemisphere people feel free to just sit back and mock at this point!

28 comments:

Joanna said...

These are some excellent tips! I definitely know what you mean. When winter comes around for me (because it's summer here right now), I'll have to refer back to this post :D Have a lovely day, dear :) xxx

Eden said...

I have no problem with January haha it's a great month, when you start the the new year, hopefully good:)))
cute blog:)))

Sherin said...

Suffering from a slight case of The January's. Because Christmas/New Year is just over, nothing seems to happen in January.
But I'm going to take all your ideas on board and improve my January.

Michelle said...

I don't really have a case of the Januarys as I don't really do anything *but* holiday, haha, but this list is really motivational! I need to get my productivity on ♡

Rachel said...

These are all such great ideas, now that I'm back at school I'm really feeling it too. Wil, try some of these out and let you know how I get along!

ellio100 said...

Good tips! I'm generally ok in Janurary because christmas buzz, new term feeling and sales excitement carries me through. But Feb usually knocks me for six. I get a serious case of the glums around that time every year... but this year I'll be well prepared!

Danni and Maria said...

Some fabby ideas here Harriet! I'm definitely having a case of the Januarys - moving back to uni is so depressing. But you're so right, you have to embrace the small things. Plus, with a box set of glee on my shelf I'm a happy bunny :)

Danni
xxx

and flowers pick themselves said...

i'm not a big fan of january either, but i love winter so i'm coping :)

this list is LOVELY!

xo Alison

daisychain said...

Such a fab post, I'm saving it x

Nicola said...

I've got the post-Christmas blues too. I don't know what to do with myself!

Lauren said...

Haha! I'm a bit envious of your weather. There are some gems in here. I also love bathing and magazines and pancakes and all those nice things. Will remember this if I'm ever in a cold climate again x

Leia said...

I won't sit back and mock because I know how miserable I get in the winter! But these are all great ways to beat the January blues.

Also, I just noticed your little star! It's so cool!

Leia

Jessa said...

This is a perfect list to follow! I especially love the make-up bit. I am a bit of a make-up addict, so any excuse to buy more is something I'm always in on! And the hot water bottle idea sounds divine. Just the thought have sitting with one in my lap makes me all toasty inside.

Reda said...

12. See Reda loads!! Without wishing to over-egg it, I think that's the one step solution you *really* need! P.S. I've ripped some pages out of old Stylists and am about to go work on some cranes! Let's hope this grasshopper ain't forgotten it all, eh Sensei?.. xxx

Rita P. said...

Nice tips :) I personally don't like January too, I prefer December! The only good thing about January are the sales :D

btw, I just passed you an award on my blog ;)

Rita
xx

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Hannah said...

Great set of pointers to cure that January feeling! Pancakes, bubble baths, sales and GOSSIP GIRL! What's not to put you in an amazing mood =)

Hannah xx

Enchanted Elle said...

I'll be needing this when I return to school and the cold at the end of January... great tips

Sarah said...

Great ideas for beating the January blues, I am suffering at the mo! I have terrible circulation too, right now I'm sitting here with toes of ice. Oh and yay for Pushing Daisies, if there is one show guaranteed to get rid of the blues it's that one. I love it SO much, was devastated when it got cancelled. It's just adorable, I want Chuck's entire wardrobe, I want Olive to be my bestie and, well, I just plain want Ned. Yum.

I'm with you on planning meals, too - as soon as I get paid on Monday I'm going off on a great big healthy shop. I miss green food! And lime haribo does not count! :)

vint junky said...

I'm finding denial is working for me!
Determined not to wish away my days this year, so i'm trying to embrace january in all it's boring greyness and when that doesn't work i'm calling it pre-february ;)
x

arnique said...

Pushing Daisies! I've loved Anna Friel in every one of her movies. Have you seen the 80s flashback film with Michelle Williams, Me Without YOu? Awesome!

As for tropical Januaries, they are just as slow. We're all missing the holidays!

Arianne from A + B in the Sea

Sophie said...

What a great list of ideas. I can't help feeling a bit low after Christmas with summer so far away, but I think I'll take your advice. Defo more baths. And instead of the hot water bottle, i may carry the dog around to keep me warm. He stays toasty all day!
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Hello Bee said...

Totally knee deep in the Januarys! I feel really annoyed at myself that ALL I can do is daydream about spring, and sunshine, and blossom, and strappy dresses - rather than enjoying the moment... but I think the extra chilly winter has meant I've got sick of it very quickly!

Totally agree about Baths. I only asked for Lush products from my parents for Xmas this year as I never, ever relax in a nice bath and I know that it's a really good way to chill out and get proper me-time so thought if I have some exciting smellies I'm more likely to actually make the effort! x

Krissy said...

Oh good, I'm glad I'm not the only one who carries around a hot water bottle. My brother always teases me for it. But it's strangely comforting. I usually sleep with it tucked up against me too.

Helen said...

I'm not suffering from 'the januarys' too badly because I have lots of exciting things to plan! like moving house, going to visit family in Spain in 4 weeks, other holidays! I always think it's important to have something to look forward to in January, probably why so many people book holidays then haha.

Joy said...

Fab post - love it!

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elle said...

did you make a playlist? i'd love a link to it if so - have a serious case of january blues right here! ♥ elle

Ren said...

This is a lovely post- baths, tea, magazines and box sets, just some of the things that keep me sane! x

v smyrniotis said...

I don't remember how I found your blog, but I did - and it is really rather cute! These are some nice reminders to enjoy the last of winter. :)

- victoria