Banishing Winter Blues - 14 Tips for a Happy January
Short days and long, dark evenings, freezing weather with plenty of rain. That's a British winter for you and it can very easily get you down. But, there are lots of things I love about winter and lots of ways to embrace the dark evenings and cold weather.
Sometimes it feels like winter stretches on for ever so here are 14 ways to banish your winter blues when you start to get a little tired of winter.
1) Cuddle up with a hot water bottle
There’s nothing more warm and cosy than cuddling up with a hot water bottle and if you can, pile a few dogs or a purring cat on your lap as well.
2) Bring in signs of spring
Spring is slowly awakening and you can bring these exciting signs of spring into your home with cut daffodils or some hyacinth bulbs planted up in one of your favourite pots or dishes.
3) Embrace the dark evenings with candles and fairy lights
The long nights can feel like a real drag but if you embrace them they can become something to enjoy, use the excuse to read more or journal. Light a candle and put up fairy lights to add some magic.
4) Get cosy next to the fire
If your’re lucky enough to have a fire or log burner, light it up! You can't beat the warm glow of a fire. You can snuggle up next to it and chat long into the evening with a glass of wine or two. If you don't have a fire, use candles to get that warm glow and dim the lights.
5) Make plans
A big part of January for me is reflecting and making plans – in particular holiday plans to look forward to. You don’t have to wait for summer, I always go away for my birthday weekend in February, which doesn’t feel long to wait. Plot out where you want to go this year and when in a notebook and start doign some research.
6) Curl up with a good read
If you don't very often give yourself the permission to just sit and read. Find a cosy spot and indulge for a few hours in a classic.
7) Indulge in a glorious bubble bath
One of my favourite winter blues remedies! It’s bubble bath day on the 8th January – do we really need an excuse? I'm going to celebrate by running myself a super bubbly bath and soaking it it for a long time with a magazine and a cuppa.
8) Go for a walk and look for signs of spring
Get outdoors – the crisp January air is perfect for blowing the cobwebs away and as long as you pile on the layers you’ll keep warm and toasty. Look out for snow drops and when you get back in treat yourself to that bubble bath.
9) Cosy-up your home
Just because Christmas has been and gone doesn’t mean that it’s time to put away the cosy blankets. It’s definitely still winter, so curl up with a hot chocolate and a blanket in a pile of cushions and enjoy reading a magazine.
10) Make something
The longer evenings are ideal for getting crafty. Whether it's knitting something cosy or making some decorations for the new season, perfect if you're missing your Christmas decs. It's the perfect time of year to make a willow heart if that tickles your fancy.
11) Plan your garden
This is the perfect time of year to start getting excited about your garden again. If it's not too bitterly cold you could clear any weeds or leaves from the flower beds, or stay warm inside and plan out what flowers and veg you're going to grow this year.
The perpetual darkness can really bring you down if you let it, so invest in good lighting. This could be an led work lamp or a cosy, warm lamp for your sitting room, even fairy lights are great for bringing some sparkle to a dull winter evening.
13) cook up some delicious snacks
Putting pen to paper is the best way to understand and dig into your thoughts and as we're generally feeling quite reflective in January, now is a great time to get started. I've created a list of journaling prompts for creatives to help you get started.
I hope some of the ideas above will help you banish your winter blues. The good news is that the evenings are starting to get longer and there’s plenty to look forward to with Spring on the way!
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- Did any of those tickle your fancy? Why not carve out some time this week to indulge in your favourite idea from my list above. Enjoy!
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