I can’t say I am unhappy person by nature, I have always been one to pick myself up, dust myself off and get on with things.
This year I am struggling to keep the January Blues away. I know I am not the only one struggling so here are my top 5 reasons for hating January.
- The Christmas comedown. Although December is similar to January with long nights and short days, the build up to Christmas is full of twinkling lights and excitement of what is to come. Once the fireworks of New Years Eve have disappeared into the night there is nothing left to look forward to and it’s back to the humdrum of everyday life, mixed with long nights and short days. Getting out of bed when it is cold and dark is a real challenge!
- I wouldn’t be a typical Brit if I didn’t mention the weather. The weathermen tease us with hints of snow and all we get is rain, rain, hail, wind and more rain. WE WANT SNOW!
- Bugs! Not the type you find in the garden, but those illnesses that always seem to come knocking in January, after you have stopped to relax at Christmas. I have had a nasty cough for three weeks that I cannot seem to shake and poor Sebby has been suffering with not only Croup, but tonsilitis and an ear infection too. Just when I thought we were out the other side, now he has a viral infection and is covered in a bright red rash!
- We like to get out and about and as long as it is safe the weather doesn’t stop us doing anything, however, 99% of the decent attractions are closed until February half-term.
- Money! I HATE that most jobs pay early in December, leaving you with at least 6 weeks until the next payday. No matter how careful you are setting aside mortgage and bill payments and calculating your incomings and outgoings with the Money Advice Service, by the end of January you are left digging around the sides of the sofa hoping to find an extra £1 just to buy some milk. Being self-employed only seems to add to this misery as invoices remain unpaid and no amount of chasing seems to have any effect!
That’s my grumbles out the way, we have done our best to try to keep the January blues at bay and have survived the month by:
Enjoying the empty beach that has seen some storm damage which makes for an amazing playground for the kids. Who doesn’t love leaping off a ledge of sand, making monster shadows and taking part in a spot of wave chasing?
We have also made the most of our microscooters and taken them for a scoot around the picturesque Christchurch Quay, stopping to feed the ducks and swans and playing in the park.
We also had a very important Birthday to look forward to and plan for. Eliza turned 4 on Saturday and had the most amazing Frozen Party. Lucky I had paid for most of it before Christmas but it is well worth being skint for – just look at her face!
Sadly Sebby is still poorly but I am hoping he is fighting it off and will be back to his happy chappy self again very soon!
How do you beat the January blues?