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3 Jan 2018

BATTLING THE WINTER BLUES

Winter sucks. There is no denying it. The only thing that makes it any way bearable is Christmas. Christmas gives you something to look forward to in the depths of winter. The sparkling fairy lights and Christmas trees make the long hours without daylight almost seem magical. Getting up when it's still dark out isn't so bad when you know you have your holidays around the corner and all the delicious food we eat throughout the festivities make us feel happy and cosy.

But what happens when Christmas is over?

I don't know about you but the winter blues always set in when January arrives. In fact, it is this time of the year that my mood has always been it's lowest. The decorations coming down feels like joy is being taken away. After all the weeks, all the build-up and all the shopping, Christmas is over in a flash and it leaves me wondering what was the point of it all!

On top of that, the weather here in Ireland is usually horrific. It definitely is this year with Storm Eleanor flooding so much of Galway. Its raining, it's windy and lemme tell you it's god damn cold! Especially in work where 4 layers of clothes don't cut it.

Speaking of work, going back after the Christmas break is as depressing as it gets. I've only done 2 days work this year and I just keep thinking - 'if only I could win the lottery and never have to work again' like seriously, why can't this happen to me?! Then every day could be like Christmas, only better.
All of this topped with the pressure of the 'New Year, New Me' bullshit really makes for a rubbish month. As I've said in my last post I'm not buying into that crap and I haven't made any big resolutions but I can't help feeling anxious about the year starting all over again. I know a lot of people love the new start but there is something about it that makes me feel uneasy. I guess I subconsciously put pressure on myself to make sure I have a good year and whenever I feel like that's not going to plan and I'm not feeling very happy I am so much harder on myself and so those feelings are amplified.

It's safe to say I'm not feeling the happiest at the moment, I never am this time of year. But at least I am aware of this. I know I just have a case of the Winter/January blues and as the month comes to a close I will get out of this. 

Here's to pulling through tough times! Are you like me and find January a toughie? If so, do let me know in the comments. That's the thing I love about blogging - you can put your thoughts and feelings out there and find out that there are many more people who actually feel just like you. If you do get the winter blues I hope you can find a way to battle through them too. Before we know it the daffodils will be blooming and sunset will gradually get later.

The year can only get better.

Sinéad x
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