In the run up to New Year most of us tend to be able to muster a bit of get up and go. The idea of the clean slate of a new year is super appealing and new years resolutions seem like a great idea. In 2018 I’m going to be better, thats what I told myself, but the January blues have a way of sneaking up on the best of us and it’s not an easy month to slug through.
All the excitement is over, money gone and we realise that we still have to plod through the more mundane parts of life. I’ve had a great start to the new year; feeling good and surrounded by great people, motivation should be surging through my veins.
But it’s not that simple really is it?
Life starts feeling a lot more lack luster when everyone has to go back to work and school. I miss my family back home and boyfriend who lives away and the people who give me purpose and drive can’t always be right there to cheer me on. I forget why I ever thought I could be bothered to cook more or to do more excerise and even though I’m remaining positive in general, another long year stretches ahead of me and it’s hard to pick something to look forward to that doesn’t feel forever away.
Those are the January blues.
It feels like a bit of a come down after the exciting Christmas period but when you really think about it its nothing worse than life returning to its everyday and normally the everyday is something we can all be content if not happy with.
Janurary sometimes doesn’t feel great because we sort of forget that things dont change on their own. It’s not the stroke if midnight that gives us that clean slate so much as us deciding to do things differently. That being said, doing things differently when everythings falling back into routine is difficult.
Fighting the January blues is tough but I try to remember that in order to remain true to that clean slate feeling I have to make the changes that I want to see in the new year.
I think another really good thing to do in January as well as trying to make changes is to remind yourself about what you don’t need to change, what you should be greatful about in the day to day.
Maybe then the return to the mundane won’t feel so bad after all.