January is perceived to be a negative month. The days are dark and punctuated by poor weather, freezing temperatures and a lack of finances following festive splurges. Add into that that some take the opportunity to try ‘dryanuary’ or ‘veganuary’ in the same month that most of us start back to work and it can make for a very bleak month indeed.
I struggled through Christmas this year. The pressure of the happiness you’re supposed to have combined with strong reminders of loneliness made for a difficult Christmas Day from which it was hard to pick myself back up again. I tried to set some goals to pull me through the month but it was tough going and the chronic fatigue often linked to depression hit hard. My healthy eating habits slipped a little and I struggled to see what there was to look forward to. But, when I look back now, I managed pretty darn well. My gym routine remains in tact and I have even hit a few personal bests. I have so far maintained the yoga habit which I made one of my New Year’s resolutions and I have completed the latest Headspace programme. I have finally made a decision which I was worrying about at work and now, things seem to be on the up.
I have things to look forward to, opportunities in the pipeline and renewed motivation for February:
“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea.” (C. Joybell C.)