It's officially the worst month of the year
January is like the morning after a wild night out.
If the morning after a wild night out lasted for 31 days.
You feel tired, bloated, hung-over, and overall uninspired. Even though you’re still riding on a high from the spirited festivities, everything you do now seems anti-climatic in comparison. All the things you thought you would do in the new year (Exercise, save money, take over the world) feel just too far out of reach.
From a distance, January always seems as if it holds so much optimism. A fresh start, the beginning of new habits and the opportunity to right the wrongs of the past. But in reality, January routinely delivers dissatisfaction, never living up to all that it promised.
The excitement and indulgence of the holiday season is long gone. There are no parties to go to, your bank account is all dried up, the weather is gloomy, and getting out of bed in the morning becomes an even more impossible task. With no major holidays or celebratory social events to look forward to (Unless you have a birthday in January, in which case, Happy Birthday) everything seems somewhat dull.
I do apologize if this little rant of mine feels bleak and depressing, but I think the pitfalls of the new year is a topic too often avoided. Sure, there is lots of talk about it leading up to the fact. Meal plans, how-to guides on sticking to resolutions, inspiring quotes about making the new year “Your Year” and so on. However, no one truthfully talks about how those plans seem to gently slip away quicker than it takes for the last of your NYE glitter to come off.
That’s why I wanted to write this. To shed light on the fact that January is never as good as it’s worked up to be, and that’s okay though. Not every month of the year can be exciting.
But don’t worry, February will come soon enough and we will all be knee deep in an ocean of fuzzy-heartedness and chocolate again by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around. Then February quickly glides into March, Winter turns to Spring and the world will wake up again. Flowers will bloom, sun will shine, and you will actually feel like leaving your house for once. Spring turns to Summer and somehow we end up back to Fall and what is the start of the next round of wintertime festivity.
Which means that this depressing, all-encompassing darkness that seems to take over your life for the first month of the year will pass, but it will also come again. So all you can really do is be prepared for it. Go easy on yourself, get some fresh air, make your bed and don’t hesitate to throw a “Just because” party if you really need to keep that holiday high going.