It always happens, doesn’t it?
We start the New Year with buckets of enthusiasm and plans and within a week or so, the dark mornings, short days and cold, damp miserable weather have sucked the life out of us, and we’re reminded why January and February are the most horrible months of the year.
Anyway, it’s no secret that I loathe the winter, particularly the endless weeks of cloud and drizzle we’ve had recently. I don’t mind so much when it’s frosty and sunny and NOT BLOODY RAINING, but this damp dull crap makes it even worse in my opinion.
So, what to do to counteract all this winter misery?
Dr Caroline’s prescription is making plans and having lots of fun things to look forward to. Oh, and not beating myself up about spending the day sitting on the sofa with a mug of tea and a blanket, catching up with my Sky Planner and reading, when it’s tipping down and dark outside.
Which is exactly what I’ve been doing for the last few hours – I just didn’t fancy the jaunt around the charity shops I had planned in this weather.
So, making plans … January always seems a good month to start filling up the year’s diary, getting holidays booked to look forward to, perhaps a weekend break or two; making plans to catch up with friends I haven’t seen for a while, just generally making sure there is good stuff coming up to think about.
And there is … lots of it.
We’ve already got holidays booked to Cyprus in July, and the Maldives in October; Ashley and I each gave the other a night away in a hotel for Christmas (mine’s this Saturday in Sherborne, his is near Bath in March); we’ve arranged a weekend away in May, probably to London, with good friends; a curry night and catch up soon with friends we’ve not seen for ages; a weekend with family in Lyme Regis in April; a theatre trip planned for next month with a friend … And next week, one of my favourite jaunts of the year, my annual shopping trip to London with my Mum – so looking forward to this.
And as the diary fills up with exciting things to look forward to, the dreariness of the world outside my window recedes, and I feel excited about life again.
What do you do to banish the winter blues?