Beat the January Blues

January 13, 2020

We have all experienced good and bad Christmases and New Years too. Hopefully you have been blessed with a good Christmas and New Year to finish 2019 with and are well underway with January 2020.  January is often a month where things can feel flat or the blues can creep in.  Money might be tight following overspending during the festive season, family rows could have been evident over the holiday, cracks in your marriage may have become deeper … the list of things which can bring us down goes on.  We are human and things do affect us, even the time of the year can bring us down simply because it is dark, gloomy and cold (although so far this January has been pretty mild).

Cue 'Blue Monday' (20 January 2020)

There is a trend to have a special day for most things nowadays and Blue Monday is attributed to the third Monday of January to highlight the post-Christmas doldrums, colder and darker evenings and those unwelcome credit card bills from Christmas and January sales overspending.  The timing of Blue Monday has apparently been worked out mathematically by a University Professor using a specific formula and thus the third Monday in January was determined as the most depressing day of the year.  The formula is shown below:

frac{[W + D-d] T^Q}{M N_a}

Weather=W

Debt=d

Time since Christmas=T

Time since failing our New Year’s resolutions=Q

Low motivational levels=M

The feeling of a need to take action=Na.

‘D’ is not defined in the release, nor are units.

We can only wonder why anyone would take the trouble to work this out at all, especially since the blues can strike at any time for all sorts of reasons.  The Winter months ensure we are deprived of sunlight hours owing to shorter days and thus it is easy to identify this period as the gloomy part of the year but narrowing it down to a specific day is another matter.  The cynics among us would probably embrace the suggestion that the whole idea stems from a PR stunt by Sky Travel which you can read about here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Monday_(date)

Tips to Keep Positive

Whatever your thoughts about Blue Monday or even the January Blues, it is clear that many of us need help to beat the blues during this time of year.  Past traumas and negative memories could, however, all too easily be triggered at any time of the year if you are unable to keep your mindset upbeat and positive.  Clearing your mind and reframing your thoughts as part of your daily habits will help to keep you smiling through the gloom.  If you find this a struggle then here are some ideas to distract and help you keep upbeat:

  • go for a walk, play the piano
  • read a book
  • catch up with a good friend who you can really talk to
  • get outdoors and get close to nature
  • think about goals planning for the year ahead

If distracting yourself does not work and the gloom persists then you may benefit from some hypnotherapy.  If you would like to learn more about how hypnotherapy can help you make positive changes to your life please contact Nicki at nicki@thewellbeingpeople.co.uk or call 07568 145151.

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