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17 January 2019

January Blues

It’s the start of the new year. Christmas is over; the decorations have all come down, your family and friends have gone and you’re back to work.

January can be a pretty miserable month for a lot of people. After spending a few weeks in a heightened festive spirit, in an otherwise cold and gloomy part of the year, it’s no surprise that once the partying and excesses are over, that many can begin to feel a bit flat.

Here at think, we refuse to let our light purses and the return to normality get us down, so we have decided to share some of our favourite things to do that help us get through the month and keep the smiles on our faces.

A popular option in our office is to book a holiday ASAP. There is nothing better than organising a trip or adventure at the beginning of the year to give yourself something to look forward to.

It’s a pretty common New Year’s Resolution but going to the gym - or even just getting out and being more active - polled highly with our team as well. Studies have shown that being more active, both physically and mentally, will help you feel better – so there’s method in the madness. After all the cheese and chocolate that we’ve consumed over the festive period, it’s probably a worthwhile way to spend our time.

January is ‘Walk Your Dog’ month, so the more you get out and about, the more your furry friend will love you and who doesn’t want that? The think team is extremely lucky in that, for 3 days each week, we have a canine companion to keep us company! Rufus not only gives the best cuddles, but also cheers us all up with his dopey little character. It’s smiles around the office when he’s here and there’s something so lovely about hearing his little paws on the stairs as he comes running up to see us all.

I think most will agree that a doggy friend really can brighten up the dullest of days!

The end of the month doesn’t just mean that payday is looming, but it also means haggis, neeps and tatties are getting ever closer. A number of us look forward to Burns’ Night and our gloriously Scottish food! You can’t beat the Scottish excitement of reciting a poem to a haggis at your dinner table…

In January, Netflix added Tidying Up with Marie Kondo to its repertoire, resulting in a spike in people gutting their houses and donating half of their belongings, but some members of our team don’t need encouragement from a TV programme or social media. It seems they do it anyway, claiming that it’s not only a great way to get rid of all the rubbish and random bits and bobs you have accumulated over the year, but also a proven way of clearing your head. One of the team even goes as far as gutting, cleaning and reorganising her kitchen cupboards to cheer her up in the winter.

If all else fails though, buy yourself a pair of nice, new pyjamas and get cosy, even although some of us in here feel as though we might resemble a sack of tatties.