In winter with warm tears I’ll melt the snow
-William Shakespeare “Titus Andronicus”
I never got the hang of January.
I don’t know if it’s the post-holiday blues, or the weather, or that all the pretty lights and decorations disappear. January always seems a gray mess to me. This time of year can be a bit uphill for me.
Instead of getting trapped by sadness for a month or more, I take action to alleviate and assist my travels through 31 days of January-ness.
- Say yes to invitations – Push yourself to accept social invitations. There can be a tendency to hide away during the cold or when you are down, but getting out will help you in the long run.
- Keep to a schedule – Get the right amount of sleep for you. Build in time for activities that make you feel good. I book in blocks of time for relaxing past times like reading and playing silly video games.
- Make some short-term goals – I have a goal every year to see all of the films nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. That means starting in January trying to predict, and then making my must-see list when the nominations hit. If you have a movie friend to partner with, even better. I have co-workers and a sibling that have the same goal so we can compare notes.
- Do light box therapy – This has helped quite a lot the past few years. I take a few blocks of time each week to sit and read in front of a ‘happy light.’ It’s easy to do and an inexpensive investment (I’ve had the same one for 6 years).
- It’s not your fault – Be gentle with yourself. Many people struggle in the winter months, so take care of yourself and do whatever helps you.
- Make January the enemy – Put a face and a name to what is going on. This isn’t ‘just the way it goes’ or something to endure, this is you versus January. And all it has is the rotation of the earth around the sun on its side, you have scores of options available.
I hope this helps you fight January. Thanks for reading.
note: I was going to tag this as “Blue Monday,” but a few seconds research showed me that Blue Monday isn’t a real thing. It was invented by the marketing team of a travel company ages ago and took on a pseudoscience life of its own.