January here in the midwest tends to be a bit of a drag. The excitement and anticipation of the holidays has subsided, and the weather is cold, frigid, and sometimes snowy and icy. Even though the days are technically getting longer, it still gets dark early. Cold, gloomy and dark. No wonder so many people suffer from seasonal depression.
January can also be a time to slow down, relax and rejuvenate. When the rest of the world is making and breaking their new year’s resolutions, sit back and relax. Lean into the slowness and quietness of this time. Take advantage of the cold and curl up with a good book or movie. Write in your journal, call a friend to catch up, there are plenty of things you can do.
These tips will help you survive and hopefully thrive during the month of January.
- Get cozy – Surround yourself with cozy blankets, sweaters, slippers. Light a candle, or if you’re like me, turn on a bunch of the battery-lit candles! If you have a fireplace, light a fire. Bundle up in a scarf and mittens when you leave the house. These soft and snuggly items and the warm candlelight will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside and out.
- Enjoy a warm beverage – Slowly sipping your favorite hot beverage is such a luxurious treat. Take time to enjoy it mindfully. I love to try different types of hot tea this time of year and really soak in the aroma and flavor. Cupping your hands around the warm mug makes it even cozier.
- Brave the weather – This might sound counter-intuitive, but try going outside. Bundle up and you’ll be fine. Going for a walk in the freshly fallen snow is so serene. Being outside in nature allows us to fully experience the nuances of each season and appreciate their differences. You’ll appreciate tips #1 and #2 even more after you come back indoors!