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.