Did you have a good Christmas?  Are you happy to be “back to normal” again?

The beginning of January can be a funny old time.  The build-up to Christmas seems to be so full-on that when it is all over, some people wonder what to do with themselves.  There are no more festive get-togethers, and the anticipation of spending that special time with family and friends is over for another year.

Sense of relief?

Some people are relieved when Christmas is over. There was a little bit of that for me this year, if I am honest.  I wasn’t all that worried about cooking Christmas lunch for family until one of them said, “After all, it’s the meal of the year” a few days beforehand.  Hmmm – how to make me nervous!Man in a brown coat and grey hat looking at grey clouds. Banishing the January blues

When I mentioned this comment to another family member, everyone carried it forward – jokingly, I hope.  I felt more able to relax once this momentous event had taken place, within the appointed timescale, and with no disasters in the cooking department. Thankfully my sister-in-law reminded me about pigs in blankets twenty minutes before I was due to serve up, or the “meal of the year” may have been less memorable…

So, once the new year has been celebrated, the tinsel has been packed away and the lounge is restored to its pine needle-free state once again, January can feel like a bit of a flop.  The dark evenings still seem to start very early, and without the glowing lights outside the neighbour’s houses, it feels a bit drab and flat.  Extracting my children from the cosy living room to get some fresh air and exercise seems to take a lot of effort.

Is it nearly spring yet?

I think it is tiRainbow coloured notelets with an empty jar behind them. Banishing the January bluesme to count my blessings.  While the promise of spring may still be a long way off, it is closer than it was at the start of autumn.  While it may not feel like it at the moment, the days are very gradually beginning to draw out.  It may be freezing outside, but the sun is shining.

If you follow social media, I expect you will have seen the suggestion of filling a jar with slips of paper over the course of the year.  The idea is that you write down something good that has happened each week, and at the end of the year, you take out the slips of paper to remind yourself of what a great year you have had.

Counting my blessings

I’m not one to follow every trend on Facebook, but I feel this one has real value.  I don’t think we need to save it until the end of the year, but can look at what we’ve written sooner than that.  If we are feeling down, or if it still feels like a very long time until we get to spend a summer break with our family, we can open the jar.  We can give thanks for the little things that have made us happy, or have made life worth living.

So, I’m going to banish the January blues by reminding myself and my family about what is good in our lives.  We can be thankful for our blessings, however small they may be.

How do you banish your January blues?

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