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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

I don’t know about all of you, but January is a crazy busy month for me. Loads of deadlines and things to do! After a few calm, relaxing weeks at Christmas, it feels like my life has gone from zero to one hundred. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing – I enjoy being busy, especially in the winter months, as it makes them go much quicker. But I do struggle to stay on top of everything I have to do and still make time for myself.

One thing that keeps me going, particularly mentally, is keeping up going to the gym. It always makes me laugh how in January, the number of people at the gym practically doubles! It always dies down by February though. But if you can, try to join or stay at the gym. I know it’s hard, especially when you’re so busy and it always seems to be cold and dark outside. But going to the gym really makes me feel a million times better at this time of year. It gives me more energy and makes me so much more productive. If you can’t get to a gym, even just setting yourself time to get some form of exercise helps, whether it’s a walk or an at-home workout video! You’re likely to feel much better for it.

Another thing that really helps me is my wall calendar and lots and lots of ‘to do’ lists. My wall calendar sits above my desk and has every important task and deadline on it. It’s how I organise my life and everything going on. This month there are four deadlines, my car’s MOT and my dentist appointment! Without it I would be lost. I really recommend buying one if you sometimes feel overwhelmed with how much you must remember to do. Mine is from Amazon, it was only £7 and comes with some erasable pens and stickers to use on it.

My ‘to do’ lists are another way I find helps me to cope with the pressure of staying on top of everything. Every day I write my priorities for the day and then I get to tick them off as I go along. Doing that makes me feel so productive and like I’ve really accomplished something when I tick it off. Even if it was just a little task. If you’re like me and find yourself up at night thinking about everything you have to do tomorrow, I find it really helpful to keep a piece of paper and a pen by my bed. That way if I think of something really important to do that I don’t want to forget, I’ll just write it down and then I can forget about it. And hopefully sleep!

If the New Year is the same for you as it is for me – stressful and ridiculously busy – just remember there’s always calm after a storm! Keep going and don’t give up, it’ll all calm down and be worth it at the end.