Today’s post was going to be a collection of ideas for getting through that lull we all experience between Christmas and New Year. We’re not quite sure what to do with ourselves, opening hours for places to visit are a little all over the place and everywhere we turn there are adverts for sales on just about everything.
I’ve already seen things popping up on Instagram and Twitter for making it through ‘Twixmas’ but the more I saw and read, the more I realised I didn’t want to publish ideas on getting through this time. The reason for this is because there is no ‘one size fits all approach’. Some of us are introverts and thrive on staying indoors and getting cosy with a book, whereas some of us love hitting the sales and buying ourselves things at a bargain price. I’m not the person to sit and tell you what you should do with your time until the New Year.
All I can do is tell what I’ll be doing, and if you like the sound of it, then great! But if not, do what brings you joy and happiness. I’ll be spending some of the days working but mostly I’ll be staying cosy in my house, spending time with my Husband and indulging in my hobbies. A little bit of reading, knitting, sewing and baking does wonders for my well being, as does trying to get out of the house at least once a day for a walk and some fresh air. No matter what, I always end up feeling like I’ve over indulged at Christmas so I like to take this time to slow down, eat healthily and spend time with myself.
I’ve been thinking a lot about my blog recently. I’ve got a big life change coming in the New Year as I’m going to become a Mama for the first time! This in itself has changed my mindset a lot when I’ve been consuming posts, articles and YouTube videos throughout my pregnancy. I feel like I’ve become more switched on, and more mindful in what I am consuming. I’ve unfollowed people who don’t live up to what they talk about in their videos, for example I recently unsubscribed from a YouTuber who talked a lot about sustainability and the environment and had a section of one of their videos where they talked about how bad Amazon was. However, looking back I found that they had been sponsored by Amazon previously and this just didn’t add up for me. Removing things from your life that either don’t bring you joy, make you doubt yourself or don’t line up with your values is key to looking after your mental health.
So in the New Year my blog is going to change slightly. I’m no longer going to be posting ‘How to’ articles but instead just share what I do and if someone finds use in that then great! But no pressure, everyone should do what they do or want to. Reading other people’s advice on what you should do in different areas of your life can be so harmful because it makes you doubt yourself and your own ability when in reality, these people are rarely experts and what they talk about is just their opinion, not fact.
I hope everyone enjoys their New Year no matter how you celebrate, remember there’s no right or wrong way to do it! I’ll be back in 2022 feeling a little different in my writing but hopefully it’ll be something you all appreciate.
Take care of yourself and others!