First off, good luck for this year. I feel I should add that I don’t mean that in the sarcastic or comedic sense of well, good luck with that. Certainly a phrase that’s possibly passed your lips in 2020. 🙂
I feel that the post Xmas/New Year period can be a little tricky. The festive season can be a great distraction with the bustle, celebration, time off, and what have you. After all that comes the long month of January. Not that it’s January’s fault, to be fair. It’s not got the Saturday morning lie in from the Friday night excesses, but more the month of with the welcome of a Monday morning. 😉
Why is it I look at December as a magical time of cosy evenings, sumptuous fabrics, and delight, yet January gets dumped into the bleak winter? Perhaps, a good January is what you make it.
With the preamble out of the way, I happened to stumble upon the website Action for Happiness and they’re offering a free calendar. No, not a series of -ahem- inspirational quotes, but a daily dose of goodness. Things that can help you feel better about yourself. I should add I do love a good quote. Ideally one that makes me think, chuckle, or both.
As someone one lost in the dark wood of depression, I think I can put my hand on my heart and say that anyone who’s managing to haul the millstone of mental distress* around, gets my respect and empathy. Just getting out of bed can be a task in itself.
( * There’s a magic item no role-player wants to see 😁 )
Will a calendar of things to do fix things? I’ll be blunt – or honest, perhaps: no. At least, not by printing it off or reading it. You have to do. Just like putting your lipstick on, the glamour won’t apply until you try. Reading about how to walk in heels is one thing, but to put them on and take your first steps? It’s okay to wobble a bit. You’ll get the hang of it in time and with practice. So it is with self care and kindness: all you need to do, is try. There’s no super secret or great power, just, give it a go.
Shall we swish away the drab greyness that’s been draped across the first month? Treat it like that the page in a fresh notebook. Do something that makes you feel great. A hot shower, comfy clothes, some sparkle, a stroll on your own or otherwise: something that means something special to you. A healthy dose of hygge or even a gratitude walk perhaps? (Hygee as in hoo gah like nougat. Mmm. Nougat 🙂). IMHO, it’s not about buying comfort, but enjoying what you have.
Deep breath, Big girl pants on (the comfy ones), and let’s face Glamuary like a new friend: with warmth, kindness, and hope.