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08.01.2021- Finding Joy in January

There’s something about January which seems to make it feel like so much more of an uphill struggle than other months, don’t you think? I’m sure it’s got something to do with the lull after Christmas, the five weeks which seem to stretch on for ages, and the almost relentless barrage of ‘new year, new you’ messaging which makes us feel like we need to make a whole raft of improvements simultaneously. Newsflash: we don’t. After last year, just getting through one day at a time in enough. There’s no such thing as ‘old you’- you’re all part and parcel of the same glorious human being, moving positively and progressing whilst carrying every part of yourself and the lessons which you’ve learnt forwards with intension. Attempting to park a year a monumental as 2020 in the past is an enormous disservice, not only to yourself, but also to the situation itself, which as we know has no understanding of time passing, and is now even more precarious than it was last March. Tl;dr- January is overwhelming at the best of times- this January even more so. 

As always, I’m trying to keep focused on the positives and celebrate the little wins as and where I can; it’s a tactic which has got me this far and which I’ve found has really helped to make everything feel a little less overwhelming. Finding the joy in January needn’t be as difficult as it might sound- so here are some of the things which are brightening up my month so far: 

- Copious cups of tea (Earl Grey with milk, if you’re asking). 

- Moving my body, whether that’s kitchen disco or getting out for a run or walk in the fresh air, ideally when the sun is shining. 

- Bacon and avocado toasties. 

- Watching the birds outside. 

- My weekly coaching sessions with the wonderful Katherine

- My new Yuyu hot water bottle (thanks Michelle!) 

- Embracing the season for hibernation in front of the tv (I’m currently working my way through Bridgerton, The World’s Toughest Race and repeats of Come Dine with Me..!) 

- Catching up with friends on the phone. 

- My new & Chai Able Sisters candle. 

- Reciting Lord of the Rings quotes whenever the opportunity arises. 

- The simple joy of Paddington 2

- Rounding off the day by reflecting on the good things. 

- Hanging up some of my favourite spring floral pieces in my room, anticipating being able to wear them soon, even if it’s only around the block. 

- Listening to Dead Ringers on Radio 4. 

- Planning what to plant in the garden this year. 

Just a little list of the things which have put a smile on my face/taken my mind off of everything else™ lately. I hope that you’re managing to keep safe and sane just now- I know it’s difficult to keep your chin up when everything still feels so jumbled up, scary and uncertain. Taking it one day at a time is really helping me right now, as it not putting too much pressure on myself. And of course, tea.

How are you getting on at the moment?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.) 

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