Don’t be so hard on yourself | How to survive January

As the new year begins, we all set ourselves new years resolutions and promises of things we’ll change and improve on in our lives. You have every best intention of setting your alarm at 6am to go the gym and start eating salmon and kale for dinner instead of a Dominos. You plan to have a whole new positive attitude and fill all your spare moments with productivity instead of binging on Netflix box sets.

But in reality, January is a very cold month with few hours of daylight. The early morning alarms to hit the the gym get put on snooze; your body is in shock from going back to a 5 day working week, plus it is pitch black and -3 degrees outside make it near impossible. After a stressful day at work you find yourself in your dressing gown on the sofa eating left over Quality Street and watching 5 episodes of The Walking Dead without moving.

But you know what? THIS IS OKAY!

It’s so easy to only focus on all the things you’ve “failed” at doing. But in reality you are doing SO much more than you are giving yourself credit for. If you have gone to the gym even once this week then that’s an achievement in itself! January has to be the most INSANE month in gyms, where you spend most of your time waiting to use the shoulder press machine. There is still a lot of christmas chocolate to get through so don’t worry if you’re still having a treat (or ten…) as chances are you’ve swapped the endless glasses of Prosecco and Bailey’s for a lot more water during the past week. You’re already making small healthy steps!

And if you haven’t done any of these things yet… THAT IS OKAY TOO!

There are 11 more months of the year where we have a chance to improve on ourselves and achieve our resolutions. We can’t expect it to happen over night, that’s simply unachievable. This will lead us to blaming ourselves and feeling down when we relapse.

So if you have managed to get out of bed on a pitch black morning in freezing temperatures and actually get showered and dressed (and maybe even put some make-up on)… you are actually winning at life! This is statistically the most depressing month of the year and this is probably partly because we are blaming ourselves at failing at things we have barely given ourselves a chance to have a go at! So STOP giving yourself a hard time and embrace any changes you ARE able to do, no matter how small they are. You need to be your own biggest cheerleader! YOU ARE DOING OKAY! And if you have a day where it all fails; you don’t get dressed and eat a ridilcous amount of cheese and chocolate while binging on Friends, chill out and give yourself a break! You are surviving one of the most challenging months of the year. Just try again tomorrow. The year has 365 chances, so don’t put all of the pressure on today.

And if it makes anyone feel better, it is twenty to two in the afternoon and I am writing this in my pjs and dressing gown. Oh and I had cake for breakfast. #sorrynotsorry

Marcella x

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