Five Tips To Make January A Happy Month

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By Emily Quinton

in Balance

I have a real love/hate thing with January. I love the promise of the new year and the feelings of freshness and all the possibilities and opportunities ahead. But I really don't like the darkness of the month (without the joy of the festive season) and when the weather is all grey and wet it's really not very inspiring at all. I could quite easily hibernate for the whole month.

To make this month easier I like to take extra good care of myself and my loved ones. And I also like to pay attention to our home, so that it doesn't feel all sad once the Christmas decorations come down.

Here are my five tips for a happy January.

Bring The Outdoors In

As soon as Christmas is over I begin to fill the house with Daffodils, Tulips and Hyacinths. Even on the darkest days they will make you smile and they smell of Spring and all the wonder things that really are just around the corner. It's like having a little hug and hello from Spring, letting you know that she's not far away!

Book A Treat For Yourself

If you find January hard then it's definitely a good time to book a little treat for yourself. It doesn't have to be a big one, it could just be some time out in your diary for a coffee and cake in your favourite cafe. Or a trip to a gallery. A lunch with a friend, an afternoon movie or a walk with your camera.

A little treat to look forward to!

Fill A Basket

Fill a basket with some books, magazines and any craft activities you enjoy. Throw in a notebook and pen for some journalling and blanket to keep you cozy and warm. You can then relax in the dark evenings knowing that you have a basket of joy near at hand to keep you inspired. Embrace this darker evenings by giving yourself a great reason to sit and relax with something you enjoy.

Get Outside

Wrap up warm and get outside, especially on sunny days. But even if it's cold and wet make sure you get some fresh air each day. The daylight will help you feel so much better, even if you come home in need of hot chocolate and a warm bath!

Keep an eye on the weather and try and plan some outdoor time on the sunny days. A trip to the woods, the beach, a botanic garden or even your local park are all beautiful places to be on blue sky Winter days. And take your camera to stock up on pictures of Winter that look beautiful. Print them out and look at them on days when it feels like it never gets light. There is beauty in every season if you look for it.

Light Candles and Keep The Fairy Lights

It might be time to put the Christmas tree away but definitely keep the fairy lights out. Fill a glass jar with them or add them to a shelf or mantlepiece. The will bring magic and sparkle to even the worst of January days.

And light candles as soon as the sun begins to go down. I find it really helps me to celebrate Winter. I find candles so pretty and calming...even just tea lights. Winter gives us a great reason to use them all season long.

How do you cope with the Winter months? I would love to hear your tips too. Please share in the comments below. xo

I'm Emily Quinton, photographer, writer, teacher and mother of four. Along with my husband Stef I run Makelight – a membership community for creators, makers and doers.

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