So, January Blues are pretty rubbish, huh? I don’t normally get them. I usually find the new year to be quite invigorating. I want to do things better than the year before, to change things and of course declutter and lose ten pounds. There are still flickers of all that going on, but mostly I just feel too tired for all the get up and go it needs.
I have, at least, three started and abandoned blog posts on this topic, none of which will get anywhere near a publish button. I seem to be stuck, unable to move forward with anything really and it’s all manifesting itself as general grumpiness and being hard to live with. I’m weary of all the ‘doing’ that needs to be done, simply to keep things bumbling along, never mind the achingly long list of other things we need to tackle. I know I’m not alone in this. I’ve never read so many blog posts or seen so many social media updates bemoaning how unmotivated and fed up everyone is.
I have thoughts about 2016. I have things I want to do and a word I want to carry with me throughout the year, but I’m not quite ready to embrace it yet. Perhaps I simply need a little more downtime, some physical and mental hibernation if you like. Generally it’s the right thing to follow your instincts, but I do wonder if it’s hibernation or simply wallowing and if it’s the latter does it naturally end as easily as it began. Do you need to shock yourself out of the grey stupor by forcing yourself to be productive, even when you don’t feel like it? Or is that just as likely to make you feel worse?
Maybe, as with most things a fine balance is what’s needed. Add some ‘doing’ into the day while still treating yourself gently, with a good dollop of hibernation. The lack of routine over the festive break was so needed and so good that I am craving more of the same, while still yearning for more routine and order. Again, some fine tuning is needed.
Maybe the answer is to start the New Year verve in February. Take January to quietly recharge. If only we could take a month off from all the ‘doing’. How about you? Are you stuck in the January blues or grasping the New Year with vigour and vim? How do you banish the glums? Got with it or fight against it?