It was dark grey and rainy when I looked out my window at 7:30am this morning on apparently the “most depressing day of the year.” My bedroom floor however had a pop of pink colour and petal print from the Joules activewear I’d laid out the last night before and nothing was going to stop me from heading out for a run to start my birthday week feeling fresh. You see my birthday always falls on the third week of January when the odds are slightly against us all when it comes to feeling on top form but this year has felt slightly different…
Yes we are all craving proper sunshine and my Instagram feed is full of throw back pictures from last Summer’s tanned skin, blue sky days but is it me or are we embracing the new year a little more this year and kicking January’s butt? By the time I was at the park this morning at 8am and the sun was just up; there were runners, dog walkers, PT sessions happening and everyone seemed in good spirits despite the definite chance of a downpour anytime soon.
We don’t have to give in to the January blues; we can embrace our famous gloomy British season at the same time as looking forward to brighter days. So aside from my birthday I thought I’d share the little things I love about the most depressing time of the year.
More Acceptance Of Self Care
Oh how wonderful it is that self-care is now high on most of our priority lists. By self-care I don’t mean abandoning your commitments and getting a facial rather than going to an important meeting; I mean listening to yourself and what you need to take care of you in order to feel your best for all the wonderful activities and people in your life. Maybe that’s taking a long bath and reading your book rather than going to a dinner party on the other side of town, a Sunday afternoon walk come rain or shine over turning on your laptop or saying no thank you to booze and takeaways. There’s no pressure for us to burn the candle at both ends in January, everyone is taking care of themselves and I love it!
It’s A Long Month
It’s absolutely fine to take it slow in January and February; there is no rush to smash life! I take my runs slow; my workouts with care; I take long evenings in and I don’t over commit myself to events, work and socializing. I like that the month is long and seems to drag a little because it gives me time to get my wheels in gear. This doesn’t mean I stop! I keep moving, I stay active, I stay ambitious, I just feel like I’m gearing up and easing into what the year may bring.
My Morning Routine
I love a winter’s morning, it stays dark till about 8am and there’s something about my alarm going off at 6am (2 hours before that) that feels a little mysterious. Okay hear me out, my morning routine consists of making my lemon, turmeric and manuka honey tea, a big bowl of warming porridge then jumping back into bed and watching Piers Morgan interrogate someone on GMB. I might read a few pages of my book and write in my journal before rolling my mat out or getting my trainers on for a 30-minute run/workout. When it’s dark I feel like it’s my time before the world wakes up and emails start pinging in. During the Summer, it’s bright from 6am which I also love but it means I sometimes don’t feel as rested and calm in the mornings.
Planning The Year
I love to plan and January is most definitely the month to do it. My retreats for the year are in the diary, I plan my holidays and city breaks, I like to think about what fitness challenges I might do that year. I’m thinking I’d like to do my first half marathon this year, take on the Princes Trusts 90 mile Palace to Palace cycle and get more adventurous with hikes, kayaking and surfing again as I dipped my toe into these activities last year. January becomes such an exciting month when it’s filled with researching and booking some lovely things for the year ahead.
So if you’re still not convinced this is the season to embrace and you’d much rather sink into a Netflix pit of doom then get outside and exercise, I’ll be writing about what personally motivates me to get my trainers on and my top tips to brighten up a particularly grey day on the Joules Journal soon.
Love, Lottie x
*Photographer- Sam Pyatt
*This blog post is in collaboration with Joules to help support the launch of their new activewear. Thank you to Joules for sponsoring this post and supporting me as a blogger so that I can continue to write and share my wellness and lifestyle journey. All opinions are always my own and I genuinely love this collection.