Ten ways to beat the January Blues
In case you hadn’t noticed it is STILL January. It must be about 18 working weeks and 12 moons long because it has already been January forever and yet the calendar tells me the month is magically only halfway through. Combining as it does lack of fun, lack of light, and lack of money January has long since been regarded as the most boring month of the year. Even if there was anything happening you wouldn’t be able to afford it!
There’s only one thing for it then, to make your own fun! I’ve complied a list of ’10 Things To Do’ to help beat the January blues (you’re welcome).
Disclaimer: I’ve tried to limit the number of food related options (the last thing I need is more comfort eating) but sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures.
1. Take a happy dog for a walk, either yours or one you’ve borrowed and don’t forget the tennis ball! Look how enthusiastic that dog is about that tennis ball. You could learn a thing or two from that wise, wise animal.
2. Bite the bullet do that one household task you’ve been putting off for months and months, whether its cleaning under the stairs or defrosting the freezer, you’ll feel so ridiculously accomplished once it’s done.
3. It’s the perfect time to watch that tv show everyone has been recommending to you for years! Whether its Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Wire… everyone is too broke to do anything anyway so you won’t be missing out on any craic by staying home a little more.
4. If you know even the very basics of knitting you can knit yourself a cosy new snood (psst: it’s just a wide scarf with the ends sewn together). Using chunky wool and needles it will only take a few evenings in front of number 3 and will make your couch potato ways feel more productive!
5. Make a surprise cake for a friend. I recommend chocolate, coffee, carrot, banana, cheese, lemon, sponge…all of them basically.
6. Send a letter (and maybe some Barry’s tea and taytos?) to a friend living abroad, they may be feeling extra homesick after the high of Christmas.
7. Babysit for nieces, newphews, godchildren, anyone’s children, it’s a good deed and will hopefully lead to lego. Lego is downright cathartic.
8. Try and speak a different language to a friend for at least 15 minutes, try not to burst into laughter when you both forget the Irish word for ‘go’. (Don’t worry it’s only 13 years of schooling down the drain).
9.Next Mondaymorning bring your workmates a lovely coffee each just the way they like it- now that’s a happy way to start the week.
10. Finally if all else fails, pretend it isn’t January. Daydream yourself the best summer holiday anyone has ever had, research and plan it. Whether you end up actually going or not you still got to spend one dreary January afternoon in Tangiers…
Here’s to February… is it spring yet??