January is appears to be the most feared month of the year. For some it’s a time of new beginnings, new jobs, new home, new relationships. For others is a about making it through the month financially, and saving pennies wherever possible to get you through that extra week.
For me it’s been a combination of both, with the added value of experiencing the longest cold in history. It seems London is a great place for germs to linger.
In fact my first tip for surviving January in London is stock up on vitamin C and anti-bacteria gel immediately. Use both daily. I am literally holding back the tears from sneezing as I write this.
Oh, and ginger and lemon tea is great for reducing sickness, and aiding a sore through! Excercise where possible. Don’t stay cooped up in work for 10 hours a day without taking a walk, or go for a run. It really is good to those endorphins up. Also, a great buffer when battling a cold and you need increase your calorie intake.
Budget well. Buy coffee and make it at home. This will save you serious pennies if you are prone to stop by a coffee shop everyday – and I mean hundreds of pounds. I nearly fell of my seat when I worked out how much I would potentially spend on coffee per year. I didn’t even drink coffee more than once every few months, until I moved to London!
Actually, there were a lot of things I didn’t do before I moved to London. One for another blog post I think…
Plan something fun to do. Be deliberate about resting. Don’t just sit at home and fret over your circumstances. Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day. Take up an interest, or start one. I’m in the process of starting up an interest group. It could be a movie night, colouring group, or I learn a musical instrument. Something fun, and just for you. It doesn’t need to be costly, or take up that much time. Take regular breaks from conquering the world, and have a Kit Kat.
Make lunch at home. The average lunch in London (in my experience) can cost on average £7. That’s if you want to eat some decent, and upgrade from a sandwich to a wrap. There’s only so many sandwiches and burgers one can eat. If you’re looking for some cheap, tasty and easy recipes then check out my post on cheap and tasty treats.
Make a list. I’ve been doing this for a few years, but I like to make a list either just before New Year, or after that includes at least 3 things I’d like to see change in 2016. These can be as little or as big as you desire. Once you have them down, create action points. This was the part I used to struggle with – making sure they are realistic. There is nothing more fulfilling than setting a goal, and achieving it, but you have to have a plan. A vision without a plan is just a dream, and a dream without vision is just a wish.
Plan for good days, bad days, and set yourself reasonable targets. I had the most unproductive day on Monday, (and I know we all have days like these) but after writing a list of the spaghetti strands that were jumbled up in my head, I went to bed! Sometimes we need to write the day off and come back fresh the next day. When I woke on Tuesday morning, I was focused and energised, and got to work on breaking down my list into manageable chunks.
So those are a few of my top tips for surviving January blues. Do you have any top tips for making this year great? Have I missed any?