How to survive January blues

    Feeling blue?

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    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?


    The truth about beauty

    I know so many of us are surrounded by the pressure of performing to an image or an idea presented to us by the society and culture we’ve grown up in.

    We grow up in our physical bodies with all kinda of challenges and influences trying to present, mould and change us. Sometimes we fail to see that in all of those things we have a choice, and often we can fail to differentiate between growing up in our bodies and maturing in life through our choices. We can’t stop our bodies from ageing, or circumstances of life from happening, but we can choose who we want to be and what kind of life we will live here on earth; through our thoughts and a series or decisions.

    We may live in a society that wants the microwave option, but the truth is life doesn’t operate on that. Man can create microwaveable solutions, but they often don’t survive for more than a burst of time, or hold the same value as something that runs much deeper.

    I’d like to draw your attention to the life span of a tree, and nature around us. I’m no hippy, but I can appreciate the beauty and strength of a well defined oak tree.

    Did you know that even in today’s society man can create a fake diamond, but it cannot replicate the process of a pearl? The pearl is considered more precious because of it’s uniqueness. We spend energy, money, and time trying to hide our flaws, our interests, our talents, or gain approval and justification for the very things that make us unique and wonderful.

    Dear younger self,

    Growth is a process of life, and one thing I hope for is that you can see the value in your growing. I so hope that you understand that the beauty that you hold within is far greater than the facade you see presented before you across the media, society and culture. It’s good to aspire to be the best you can be, and make the most of what you got, but please don’t spend your precious time trying to fit the mould of someone else. Stop trying to get people to notice you so much that you scream like you’re in a bubble and no one can hear you. Stop prancing around trying to make them notice you. Instead look deep inside, and listen to yourself! It doesn’t matter what others hear, see or don’t see. It matters what you see and believe. Be brave beautiful; be all that you can be, and pursue yourself. You’ll notice that when you find yourself, all the other ‘stuff’ will naturally gravitate towards you. People will flock to you. That’s what makes the world stop, listen and join in with you.

    Much love,

    Your future self.
    Lee xxxIMG_3728.JPG