Beating the January Blues

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Have you got the January Blues yet? I must admit that after our November wedding, then our honeymoon, and then all of the festive biz’, I’m on a bit of a come-down. The latter part of 2016 kept me super busy, and although I’m always itching to plan the next thing, I think it’s time I relished in having nothing to do, and took some well-deserved ‘me time’.

I wanted to discuss some of my favourite things to do to help me unwind, the first of which being snuggled up in bed with my favourite book.

 

I used to read a lot. Ever since I became gripped by the story of Georgia Nicolson in Louise Rennison’s books, I’ve wanted to immerse myself in literature. I like autobiographies, I like romance, and I like nitty gritty crime stories that make me question everything. I had let life get in the way of my reading in recent years, and it wasn’t until our honeymoon that I had chance to sit down with a good book and read it properly. It’s got me back into the groove of things, and I’ve been trying to read at least one book per week.

One of my most recent favourites was The Secret by Katerina Diamond. I downloaded it as an iBook, which I’d never done before, and although it was great once I’d gotten into the swing of things, you really can’t beat turning the crisp pages of a paperback.

 

Another thing which helps me to relax is taking a long hot bath. Again, this is something I definitely don’t do often enough due to “lack of time” – a shower is just so much more convenient. Excuses, excuses! In 2017 I’m going to make time for a bath, especially now I’m in possession of these incredible shower gels from Neal’s Yard.


They’re the kind of scents that are perfect for January – most of us will be feeling a little bit sluggish after the festive season. Perhaps you have a cold, or you’re feeling a bit sore from all of those new workouts you’ve been doing?! Run yourself a bath, girl!

In the latter part of 2016, along with the business came anxiety. It’s something I’ve struggled with since the tender age of 11, and I’ll probably delve into that into a whole other post, but from around July to October last year, I had it pretty severely. Perhaps the worst it’s ever been.

Again, I’ll delve into things like CBT and other ‘coping’ techniques (I hate that term!) in a separate post, but one thing which I found helped me to relax is chamomile tea.

Don’t look at me like that; I know what you’re thinking. Herbal tea definitely does not cure anxiety. Absolutely not; and that isn’t what I’m trying to suggest. In fact, in the early stages of talking to doctors, they had me believe it was some kind of magic elixir that will melt all of your worries away.

That’s a load of rubbish, but I did find that switching my caffeinated tea to this helped a lot – that’s a combination of cutting out caffeine, and ingesting the wonderful herb that is chamomile. It helped me to sleep, it made me think a lot clearer, and it calmed my often upset stomach which was a side effect from all of the anxiety.


So if you’re planning on a little detox of the mind this January, think about making some time for yourself. Too often we tell ourselves we’re too busy, but giving yourself half an hour at the start or the end of your day will really make a difference.

Happy detoxing! 

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