However this year I feel I am taking it all in my stride a little better than last year. I got to thinking what is it? What's different?
And I have come to the conclusion that it is not that January is any less graspingly grey than last year, but that I am responding differently, gently with calm acknowledgement of what it actually is. A month of restorative stasis. To survive it I am embracing it.
The winter is a time when the world sleeps, curled up warmth of hibernation, gentle dreaming of spring and new life. We all feel this need, it is a response to the weather that we want to sleep a little more.
So Tip 1: Feather Pillow
This sale purchase has made me so happy!
I am going with my natural need to sleep and going to bed an hour earlier. I relish the moment when my head sinks into the soft downy billows. I love the way you can pull a feather pillow up and around your head. I had one when I was little. I would fluff it up turn it to the cool side and literally slam my head down into it, the cool squooshiness, muffling both sides of my head.
Tip 2: Wrap Up
Like a squirrel, snoozing, cocooned in soft fur wrap yourself up. This take many forms, but when you are wrapped up you feel unconquerable. You have mastered nature, not huddled, beaten and frost bitten. Wrap up in pretty wooliness. Beauty and warmth.
Tip 3: Eat well, Eat Warm
Fill a big pot with a slug of olive oil, sautee four chopped garlic cloves, sling in a tin of chickpeas, a tin of kidney beans, a handful each of lentils and pearl barley, coat them in the gorgeously scented garlic oil. Chuck in a tin of chopped tomatoes, a oxo beef stock cube and a tin's worth of water. Let it all simmer, soften and soak up the water. Then add something green....
Tip 4: Eat your greens
Tip 4: Buy Tulips
Find ways to embrace these months of quietness, stark calmness, cosy darkness.