7th January 2016: (sigh) oh heck. How long do I have to do this for?
7 ways to keep your chin up:
1. You made a resolution. Some of us (me) didn't make any, perhaps out of apathy. Good on you.
3. Children try your patience every day of the year, especially noticeable when you’ve resolved not to lose it. Answering back, bickering and kicking – the usual childish misdemeanours - are hard to ignore. Top tip: whisper dramatically to make yourself heard. It works a treat, and your kids stop to listen to you immediately. In my case, probably because they are so shocked I’m not yelling. I wish I could remember where I read about this tip, because I'd like to credit the author (anyone?). The more extravagant the whisper, the quicker it summons silence. And you immediately feel better, whether or not you’ve made a resolution. Super simple.
4. Embarking on a Dry January (like Angelique)? I hope it’s going swimmingly. If not, never fret. You’ve probably managed a couple of days at the very least, for which you’ve every reason to be proud. I thought a Dry January sounded like a good idea on 3rd January, until Angelique pointed out that technically I wouldn’t be able to achieve such a feat having enjoyed a glass of wine on both 1st and 2nd January 2016. So I settled on a few consecutive days from that point. Job done.
6. Go out: walk, run, sweat it out at a dance class. Talk (not via text) to a friend, or a share a bottle of wine with those who aren’t taking the Dry January challenge. The days are still short, and the weather’s not wonderful, but staying indoors worrying about lack of resolution willpower achieves nothing.
PS. Or try one of these: http://www.buzzfeed.com/hannahjewell/new-years-resolutions-for-lazy-slobs?&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BuzzFeed+1231&utm_content=BuzzFeed+1231+Version+B+CID_e82d378eaf9267b68498c1262e3b6d9d&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=.vxovkGwEV#.pdmkK5BbD