Today is officially the most depressing day of the year.
It’s known as Blue Monday and it falls on the third Monday of the month. Which just happens to be today.
That warm fuzzy festive feeling of Christmas has long gone and the winter nights seem relentlessly cold, dark and depressing. Spring is but a distant notion…
Of course Blue Monday only affects those of us living in the Northern hemisphere. If you’re in Australia and reading this (like my in-laws), no doubt the sun is shining, the birds are chirping and it’s so hot you’ve just been for a dip in the pool. Life is just peachy. Sorry, this isn’t helping any of us poor sods in the UK with our January blues.
You’ve heard all the obvious suggestions to combat the blues before – get energised by doing some exercise, focus on the positive things that lie ahead and try not to eat your way through the misery (basically, don’t inhale all the leftover chocolate from Christmas in one sitting).
Here’s a few of my favourite things to do in January…
Get Some Fresh Air
Being outside is guaranteed to lift my spirits. There’s something about walking that perks me up, even if it’s just a short jaunt around our local park.
We recently visited the gorgeous Ashridge Estate on a cold, crisp day – well worth a visit if you’re near North London/Buckinghamshire.
Buy Flowers For Yourself
Who needs a man to buy you flowers? I like to splash out on a gorgeous bouquet to brighten up our home. There’s even tulips available now…
Have a Bath
Sounds simple but sometimes the best options are. My favourite January nights so far have involved treating myself to a long soak in the bathtub. I fill it to the top with bubbles, play relaxing spa music on Spotify, dim the lights and surround myself with candles. I’m currently obsessed with the scented Ski Lodge Luxury Collection from Next – buy it here.
Enjoy Quality Family Time
Nothing quite beats spending time with the people you love most in the world (tears and tantrums aside). We love watching a film and snuggling up under a blanket together. Max’s concentration span is fairly limited so our film choices have only ranged to The Lion King and Happy Feet. Although I’m pretty sure we’ve enjoyed them more than he has…
Make Plans With Friends
Personally, I’m a planner. I love nothing more than filling my diary with dates to see friends. Especially before baby no.2 arrives. Spending quality time with friends is so important when you have small ones. I have a weekend booked with the girls in early February – we’re all child-free! – and it’s definitely helping me get through the month. So looking forward to an idyllic country weekend with my nearest and dearest.
Do Something Cultural or Active
Every January, we head to the fabulous Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at The Natural History Museum. It’s such a great collection of photos and reflecting on nature is a really peaceful way to spend an hour. If you’re in need of inspiration for things to do with little ones, I often turn to Days Out with Kids to find out what’s on nearby.
Book A Holiday
Most major airlines have their January sale on so now is the time I usually like to book long-haul flights and start organising a faraway adventure. For me, buying the travel guide and getting lost in the planning is the best part. It certainly lifts me out of my winter fog.
Or look on the bright side, we’re halfway through the month already…!