February is that month. The month where the motivation from January begins to dwindle, and the constant miserable weather tempts us to slip back into bed instead of facing the day full on. It’s at this point that I find I need a pick-me-up, something to do that’s a change from my routine, a challenge, an activity of some sort. I’ve compiled a list of ten different things that could help this (I’m going to try a few of these when I find myself getting stuck in a rut this month!). Here’s the list:
1. Declutter your space. Clean surroundings help clear your thoughts, and completely freshen the way you approach your everyday tasks. I find that taking out some time to make my space tidy and organised can be extremely therapeutic as well as beneficial for my productivity throughout the day.
2. Take time to read before bed. You need time to unwind just before bed in order to get a good night’s sleep. This means no phones, laptops or screens of any sort at least half an hour before bed – instead, a book (or a magazine if books aren’t your thing) is a great way to relax and take yourself away from the day you’ve had.
3. Clean out your closet. Drawing on from decluttering your space, cleaning out your closet can be an immense challenge, but a brilliant way to help you organise your surroundings. I usually clean out my closet two-three times a year and completely remove all the pieces that I haven’t worn in over a year. If you’d be interested in a more detailed blog post on how I organise my closet, let me know in the comments below!
4. Try out a new recipe. Another way we can get stuck in a rut is through cooking. When work begins to get busy, finding time to cook food can be a challenge and so slipping back into out regular pattern of the same old recipes (or even worse ready meals) is obviously the easier option. Use this month to find something new that you like – whether its savoury or sweet, easy or difficult – it will give your tastebuds something different to enjoy. Look out for my Valentine’s Day recipe later this month if you’re stuck for ideas.
5. Experiment with your style. Yet another rut that we all so easily fall into. Style is something so personal and a way to explore your creativity – so make use of that this month. Wear those bright red heels you were afraid to wear, don the leopard print coat that’s still hanging in your cupboard and have fun with it!
6. Switch up your make up. As with style, your beauty routine is another place to try something new. If you wear makeup, try experimenting with a new way of applying it this month – maybe try a bold lipstick, or give false lashes a go to instantly feel more glam. If you’re looking for more subtle changes to switch things up, try experimenting with a different shade of lipgloss or simple black eyeliner – I’ve started lining my waterline with some smoky black liner (something I hadn’t tried in forever!) and I’m loving it!
7. Revisit old favourites. Just as I’ve rediscovered the magic of a little black liner in my waterline, finding things that you used to love doing is a great way to freshen up your routine. This might be listening to some music that you haven’t heard in a while or even calling a friend that you haven’t spoken to in a long time. Revisiting elements of your past that you found enjoyable can really help lift your mood.
8. Incorperate exercise into your day. I know, I know – this might not be what you want to hear. But the truth is that exercise is one of the best stress-busting, mood-lifting, energy-giving activity that there is. What’s more – it doesn’t have to be running on the treadmill for an hour. It can be something as simple as a twenty minute walk, or a bike ride into town. But whether its a yoga class or an hour of zumba, exercise is crucial for keeping February blues at bay.
9. Keep a handwritten journal. I find that taking the time to write something down (not type!) is very therapeutic and, unless I make time to write, it can be a rare occasion. In this sense, keeping a journal is very important to me – I actually have several on the go at once. I use each one as a place to write down little thoughts, ideas or lists. Any journal does the job although there’s a whole array of different notebooks and journals available if you shop around (again, let me know if you’d like a blog post on this).
10. Get a good nights sleep. I’ve written a more detailed post on this here. Being caught up in a hectic schedule can make us forget the basics. Sometimes, getting a good nights sleep can be the biggest challenge. Whether its drinking a sleepytime tea before bed, or listening to piano music, set a bedtime and find a way that helps you fall into a deep sleep until the morning. That way, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to tackle the day when it comes.
What are your plans for this month?