It finally feels like I can fully embrace that feeling of a fresh year. By the time January 1st rolls around I always feel tired (hungover) from the holidays. Even though I took time off this year it took me a few days to feel like myself again. All the travel, eating, and drinking can definitely take its toll on you and leave you feeling less than your best self. So here we are January 12th and despite the fact that the most wonderful time of the year is over I still enjoy the feeling that January brings. January forces you to slow down and start to think about how you want your year to go.
There are a few things I like to do this time of year that rekindles the fire in me to get going. I thought I’d share what those things are:
Cleaning Up Your Space – Last weekend Brett was out of town so I spent the majority of the weekend cleaning and getting rid of all our Christmas decorations. It is such a relief when your whole house is clean and tidy – isn’t it? It just feels way more comfortable. I keep hearing about Marie Kondo’s Netflix series Tidying Up and I might sit down to watch at least one episode to see what the fuss is all about. The goal of the show is to only keep the items that sparks joy. Interesting right? One of my goals this year is to buy less things that are more quality.
Experimenting with Health(ier) Meals at Home – I’m sure you’ve been getting blasted with all things healthy related given that it’s the new year. I too have a goal to start eating healthier but going on a crazy diet where I’m either fasting or restricting too many foods I love just won’t work for me long term. I’ve been starting to put together healthier food recipes that include healthy ingredients and ones I actually like. In case you missed it I started a new weekly series called “Recipe Club” where I’ll be sharing a list of recipes I plan to make for the week so you can join me! I aim is to find recipes with balance and nutrition. Check out the post from last week here. I find when you eat the right foods you’re more energized to get things done.
Getting More Sleep – A surefire way to feel refreshed is to make sure you’re getting enough rest. You know, 8 hours of sleep at night and maybe even the occasional nap in the afternoon on the weekends. It feels v good to be well rested.
Drinking Smarter Liquids – Don’t we all need a break from the booze this time of year? Not only that but possibly even a break from caffeinated beverages. I am swearing off the booze and the caffeine this month. It was HARD not to have caffeine the first few days in January but I actually feel pretty good now at this point this week. I’ve been swapping my coffee for tea.
Have a Weekend with Zero Plans – Now that the holidays are over I really want to take full advantage of the art of doing nothing which includes easing into the mornings, taking long walks with Sadie and Brett, cooking a yummy breakfast, lounging on the couch to watch a new Netflix show, and sneaking in an afternoon nap. This weekend we have zero plans and I couldn’t be more excited about it. Everyone needs a little downtime to recharge for the week.
Taking Better Care of Your Skin– Winter definitely takes its toll on our skin. Mine can get red, dry, bumby, splotchy, etc. Right now its important to find a good routine so you look and feel your absolute best.
Enjoying the Little Things – Like winter sunrises, spending time with loved ones, the first snow, etc. The winter can be gloomy and cold but if you find the silver lining in little ways it can make it feel a little bit brighter.
Getting Exercise – I have a love hate relationship with exercise at the moment but I do take advantage of the exercise I get when we take Sadie for long walks. So there’s that. Even in the cold it feels good to get outside and get the body moving.