It was darkish gray and wet once I regarded out my window at 7:30am this morning on apparently the “most miserable day of the yr.” My bed room ground nevertheless had a pop of pink color and petal print from the Joules activewear I’d laid out the final night time earlier than and nothing was going to cease me from heading out for a run to begin my birthday week feeling recent. You see my birthday all the time falls on the third week of January when the chances are barely in opposition to us all in terms of feeling on high type however this yr has felt barely completely different…
Sure we’re all craving correct sunshine and my Instagram feed is stuffed with throw again footage from final Summer time’s tanned pores and skin, blue sky days however is it me or are we embracing the brand new yr a little bit extra this yr and kicking January’s butt? By the point I used to be on the park this morning at 8am and the solar was simply up; there have been runners, canine walkers, PT classes occurring and everybody appeared in good spirits regardless of the particular probability of a downpour anytime quickly.
We don’t have to offer in to the January blues; we will embrace our well-known gloomy British season concurrently trying ahead to brighter days. So apart from my birthday I believed I’d share the little issues I like about essentially the most miserable time of the yr.
Extra Acceptance Of Self Care
Oh how fantastic it’s that self-care is now excessive on most of our precedence lists. By self-care I don’t imply abandoning your commitments and getting a facial somewhat than going to an necessary assembly; I imply listening to your self and what it is advisable handle you to be able to really feel your finest for all of the fantastic actions and other people in your life. Perhaps that’s taking an extended tub and studying your e-book somewhat than going to a cocktail party on the opposite aspect of city, a Sunday afternoon stroll come rain or shine over turning in your laptop computer or saying no thanks to booze and takeaways. There’s no strain for us to burn the candle at each ends in January, everyone seems to be taking good care of themselves and I find it irresistible!
It’s A Lengthy Month
It’s completely effective to take it gradual in January and February; there is no such thing as a rush to smash life! I take my runs gradual; my exercises with care; I take lengthy evenings in and I don’t over commit myself to occasions, work and socializing. I like that the month is lengthy and appears to pull a little bit as a result of it provides me time to get my wheels in gear. This doesn’t imply I cease! I preserve transferring, I keep lively, I keep formidable, I simply really feel like I’m gearing up and easing into what the yr could deliver.
My Morning Routine
I like a winter’s morning, it stays darkish until about 8am and there’s one thing about my alarm going off at 6am (2 hours earlier than that) that feels a little bit mysterious. Okay hear me out, my morning routine consists of constructing my lemon, turmeric and manuka honey tea, a giant bowl of warming porridge then leaping again into mattress and watching Piers Morgan interrogate somebody on GMB. I would learn just a few pages of my e-book and write in my journal earlier than rolling my mat out or getting my trainers on for a 30-minute run/exercise. When it’s darkish I really feel prefer it’s my time earlier than the world wakes up and emails begin pinging in. In the course of the Summer time, it’s vibrant from 6am which I additionally love nevertheless it means I generally don’t really feel as rested and calm within the mornings.
Planning The 12 months
I like to plan and January is most undoubtedly the month to do it. My retreats for the yr are within the diary, I plan my holidays and metropolis breaks, I like to consider what health challenges I would do this yr. I’m pondering I’d love to do my first half marathon this yr, tackle the Princes Trusts 90 mile Palace to Palace cycle and get extra adventurous with hikes, kayaking and browsing once more as I dipped my toe into these actions final yr. January turns into such an thrilling month when it’s stuffed with researching and reserving some pretty issues for the yr forward.
So when you’re nonetheless not satisfied that is the season to embrace and also you’d a lot somewhat sink right into a Netflix pit of doom then get exterior and train, I’ll be writing about what personally motivates me to get my trainers on and my high tricks to brighten up a very gray day on the Joules Journal quickly.
Love, Lottie x
*Photographer- Sam Pyatt
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