Is it socially acceptable to wear my Christmas jumper long after Christmas has been wrapped up? It’s creeping ever closer and I can already feel the post-holiday blues begin to set in. We go from a delightfully festive Christmas straight into the bleakest month of the whole year. January always feels a bit rough, doesn’t it? I know Christmas hadn’t even passed yet, but I’m already making a proactive effort to help get me through the post-holiday blues. Just so I’m prepared!
I’m sitting here lamenting that my instagram feed won’t look so festive come December 31st, but I’ve decided to be pro-active and start planning now! Planning what, you may ask? Well, I’ve got a few things up my sleeve to help me survive the post-holiday blues!
I’m only making plans for January
There’s the temptation at the end of the year to try to make plans with all the people you’ve been meaning to catch up with over the last 11 months. While that can be fun, it can also be stressful and exhausting. I’ve decided that all of my plans are now being made for January. Not only does it take the pressure off, but it also gives me something to look forward to once the holidays are over, ya know? Sounds like an obvious one, but it felt like a profound lightbulb moment.
I’m giving myself a creative project
I’ve decided that January is the month for projects. Things that I’ve been meaning to do for ages. New ideas I’ve had to spark creativity, and help make the dark nights feel a little fuller. For example, I’ve been meaning to upcycle our coffee table, and do more bits around the house. I’ve got an instagram challenge I want to do (which I’ll be sharing on my social media as well) to help me appreciate the little moments of the month. I’m bringing back my ‘Wear Your Wardrobe’ Challenge too! Having something you can accomplish in a set amount of time helps to make things feel productive, you know?
I’m embracing the hygge
This is something I do try to do all year round, but it really comes into it’s own in the winter months. Why, you might ask? Well, it helps to make the days feel a bit brighter. Mr. Actually and I like to have tech free nights, or we watch a film with a hot chocolate and some candles on the coffee table. For me, it’s about making the downtime more soothing and content. During the bleakest month of the year, when the post-holiday blues are setting in, it feels appropriate to make the nights in even more special!
I love Christmas and all that it brings. This time of year is so bright and festive, and there is just so much to do! Finding little ways to carry some of that energy into January can only be a good thing, right? Start as you mean to go on! Hopefully, planning some of this now will help me make the most of January too!
Photos by Nicole