Many people find January a long gloomy month. The Christmas and New Year festivities are behind us, the credit card bill arrives and the weather is dank.
January also contains ‘Blue Monday’ supposedly the most depressing day of the year (it’s January 20th this year!)
But with a little awareness and a little effort to lean away from the pervasive doom and gloom, we can reframe how we view the first month of the year.
It’s so easy to be sedentary during the winter months. This January hook up your iPod and get your legs moving and your heart pumping. Even a 20 minute walk 3 days a week will boost your fitness levels and give you that ‘feel good’ buzz. Plus it helps to rebalance those indulgences over the Christmas.
Spring might be a few weeks away, but that is no reason not to give your house and workspace a good clear out. Taking down the Christmas decorations is my prompt for a broader tidy up and re-organising.
What can you recycle, sell or simply bin? Channel your inner Marie Kondo and have a good clear out. Sometimes we have to make space for new things to enter our lives!
Did you know that if you have assets of more than €4000 you are wealthier than half the world’s population? Assets of €85,000 and you are in the wealthiest 10% of the world. Seeing beyond ourselves and reaching out to others who are less fortunate is a great way to put your own lives into perspective.
How can you volunteer your services this month? It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. Sometimes it is simply setting your intention to demonstrate just a little more kindness, parking our judgements and giving others the benefit of the doubt.
As the schools return after the Christmas break, shift your focus and set yourself the goal of learning something new, or enhancing a skill this month. A few years back I took up photography. More recently it was joining a yoga class.
What skill or talent has lain dormant in you that you would like to breathe some life into in 2020? What have you been curious about trying? Go on, give it a go!
Rather than setting resolutions why not get creative and design a collage of your goals/ areas for focus in 2020. Cut out photos, images and words associated with your goals from magazines and newspapers. Stick them on to a piece of A3 cardboard or into a scrapbook. Just make sure you put it somewhere where you can view it every day.
If you would like more love, respect, friendship etc in your life, then for the month of January practice giving what you would like to have more of in your life. It might sound mad, but it works. As the old adage says, what we give returns to us tenfold. Of course, we have to stay open to receiving as well!
Rather than focusing on the credit card statement or counting the days to the next paycheque, start a ‘Gratitude List’ list this January. Every day this month make a commitment to yourself to write a list of 5 things you are thankful for.
By the end of the month, you will have a lengthy list. Better yet why not start a gratitude jar, dropping a post-it note of something you are grateful for into it every day. Then any day you are feeling low, glance down through the list, or review the post-it notes. There’s no better mood enhancer!
Make a point of doing something you love this month. Perhaps have friends over for dinner, go to the movies, have a massage.
What brings you joy?
How can you create the space for a little more joy, or fun in your life this month? In short, what can you do to make yourself laugh more this January?
My annual flagship workshop SOAR2020 is fast approaching and will take place on Thursday, January 30th (6.30pm – 9.00pm) in the Westbury Hotel, Dublin 2.
Tickets are selling fast so to find out more about this hugely anticipated event and to book your place click here.