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Dear January, I Hate You

January, I hate you.

I hate January. Sorry, I just do. January sucks. And it extra sucks in Ontario right now. For the last week, we’ve basically been living in the North Pole. A few days ago it was like -30C. That is not even an exaggeration. Today is only -19 with the windchill, so, you know, it’s feeling pretty balmy now.

Aside from the weather, January has always been hard for me. And I am definitely not the only one. Did you know that there is a day in January called “Blue Monday” and it’s deemed the most depressing day of the year? Now, if you look into it, it’s also deemed to be pseudoscience…so, you know, take this with a grain of salt.

Still, if you do a quick search using the words “January” and “Depressing,” you will find a lot of responses. I’ve always hated January, even as a kid. I love spending time with my family. Even though I generally feel exhausted after seeing people, it’s different with my family & cousins who I’m super close to (and now with my husband’s family, who I always get excited to see).

December is filled with time off from work, great food, gifts, and most importantly, time spent with my favourite people in the world. And then, just like that, life goes back to normal. Except it’s even colder than before and it feels like there is just nothing to look forward to.

I am trying to not let January get me down. I am trying to remind myself that I feel this way every year, that millions of people feel this way too…but it’s hard. Especially because my husband and I are in a state of transition once again (I’ll probably get more into that in the coming weeks but for now I just don’t have the energy to).

I just feel sad. Anxious. Stuck.

Does anyone have any ideas to get out of a January funk? I could really use some suggestions right now.

14 thoughts on “Dear January, I Hate You”

  1. Try not to hate on January too much! I have my birthday next week so I always make a plan to spend a weekend away doing something fun. It breaks up the January blues and plus I get spoilt! But you don’t even really need an excuse to go have fun 😛

    1. Happy early birthday! That sounds like a fun plan! :) And definitely true, maybe I will try planning something fun with my husband for the end of this month to look forward to something!

  2. I agree. It doesn’t seem right that we follow December up with January. Ugh!

    I tend to keep things simple inside this month. Little steps into positive places. Volunteering, making donations to a favorite charity. Reading a favorite book for the umpteenth time, and NOT paying attention to the weather in San Diego whilst I freeze my butt off in the Northeast.

    You wrote this post, and it’s a great one. That’s something to be proud of, and to build on. Write, for yourself and others. It’s a great way to decompress.

    Great stuff!

    1. I know, right?! And thank you – for both the encouragement and the suggestions :) I think I might buy myself a new book and dig into it. January is a good month to get cozy and read a good book by the fireplace…

  3. I don’t have much time for January, either. I love Christmas (it’s part of my English heritage), and I love (usually) Hogmanay and New Year (my Scottish Heritage), especially when I’m with family. I love the love and friendship and feeling of belonging that comes with it all. Then – Boom! – back to work and reality.

    So, you’re not alone. Best wishes from a Scot in England. :-)

  4. January is pretty awful. You’re not alone there! Have you thought about getting a UV light? A friend of mine had one in college. Oregon is so dreary and rainy. S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a real thing and a UV light really does help your mood! Hang in there…

    1. I know right. Thankfully we’re halfway through now!! And I actually have thought about that, my mother-in-law suggested it two years ago when we were living in a basement apartment…and now I realize I’ve been living in a basement again for the last 6 months! Thanks for the suggestion, I will definitely look into it again :)

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