In Praise Of January


Can I shock you? I actually love January.

All you hear about his how awful January is, it’s such a come down after Christmas and New Year and everything feels so flat.

I don’t think it’s flat, I think it’s calm.

I love Christmas and all the traditions and buzz that goes along with it, but it does take it of you. For some, Christmas isn’t a great time for a number of reasons . . . so thank goodness for the reset button that is January.

January doesn’t expect anything from you. January looks the other way when you get your jammies on really early.

It doesn’t mind that you don’t want to go out and you’d rather stay in and watch TV or read a book.

If I still haven’t convinced you to become a January person, why not try a few things to bring the good vibes back?

“To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June” – Jean Paul

There you go! Read a poem. It could be one of your favourites or something new. A poem a day will cheer everyone up.

Remember that throughout the whole of the month of December, calories don’t exist. You don’t need to feel bad about having eaten your own bodyweight in chocolate and cheese.

The weather may not be great, but it tends to be fresh. Wrap up, go out for a walk and breathe deeply.

Feeling cosy is wonderful. Sit in your chair, wrap yourself in a blanket and watch a favourite film. If you don’t have a blanket, treat yourself to one.

Buy a teapot if you don’t already have one. A pot of tea to oneself is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

Write someone a letter. You will brighten their day. Forget texting, put it down on paper. Why not make them a card?

Plan a regular bedtime and stick to it. Read for a little while (or a long while) and switch your phone off until the next morning.

Feed the birds!

Read a favourite book from your childhood. When we were kids we just accepted January.

For more from the “Friend” team, read our blog here.

Tracey Steel

Having worked on a number of magazines over the years, Tracey has found her perfect place on The Friend as she’s obsessed with reading and never goes anywhere without a book! She reads all the PF stories with a mug of tea close by and usually a bit of strong cheese too!