January Blues

January Blues

Hi there,

I hope you had a lovely Christmas, and have had a wonderful start to 2024!

If not, then that cool - I really struggle the first few week's of January, because of the non-stop markets and selling the run up to Christmas, then Christmas itself (you've gotta make the magic happen yourself), visiting family, and then the new year catch up of orders!

Phew! I'm exhausted. Physically & mentally.

I know a lot of people thrive on the Christmas rush but, as an introvert, I need time to myself to recharge. So if you're in need of some tips on winding down (for an hour or so), then here are a list of things I like to do.

Helaina's recharge list

1) my favourite method to recharge is to go to a spa for a massage... mainly because it's the only way I can guarantee my family will leave me be. But most of the time, I don't have the time to go to a spa - plus, I don't tend to go unless I've been lucky enough to receive a spa gift voucher (because they can be expensive!)

2) If I'm recharging at home, then I like to get cosy on the sofa or in bed, wrapped up in a soft blanket, reading chick-lit (yep, you read that right). Chick-lit is usually easy reading, so it's not mentally taxing. Obviously, my kids are usually in bed to minimise the chances of them interrupting me. In addition to an easy-reading book, I usually have my favourite chocolates and a cup of Night-Owl tea. 

3) If I can't get time to be completely alone, then a can get a quick boost from the following:

  • A walk in the park/local woods with my family. The fresh air really helps me recharge mentally... although not physically.
  • A chat with my mam - I say a chat, but it's mainly just her talking on the phone... but I find it calming to just listen to her.
  • A quick nap. Yeah, I'm a napper. A quick 20-25 min nap, whilst my husband entertains the kids can help my body & mind recoup.

I'm not saying this is a universal list, but this is what works for me.

Please remember there are charities & resources out there for those of you that need to talk to people or need more information on things such as SAD; such as Samaritans UK (https://www.samaritans.org/) or mind (https://www.mind.org.uk/).


Got any tips you want to share, then add them in the comments.

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