You’ve probably heard that January is the month of the year when most people suffer from the winter blues. New research also proved that a whopping fifty percent of women are more likely to suffer from it more than men, and will likely compensate those feelings with food. So much for our New Year’s resolutions.
I’ve personally struggled with depression in the past and most recently with generalised anxiety disorder, as I wrote a few months ago, and this time of the year can be pretty rough on me. I can definitely feel the lack of natural light starting to have its impact on my mood, especially by the end of each week when I can only think of the weekend. Do you feel this way as well?
January is by far the dullest month of the year. There’s not much going on, especially after the hype of the holidays. It’s awfully cold and grim, the temperature won’t go higher than 4ºC this week. At least we could get some freaking snow for crying out loud, but I don’t think that’s happening anytime soon for us Londoners. January has got us miserably waking up everyday to pitch black skies and getting out of work when it’s dark again. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll get some sunshine on your pale skin during lunchtime, if you’re not surrounded by skyscrapers that is, while hoping your fingers don’t freeze and fall off.
While I’m trying to stay busy indoors, I can’t help but get a serious case of wanderlust. Don’t you feel the same way? I wonder why we’re constantly being bombarded with summery holiday ads on tv, it’s like a punch in the stomach. Evil marketeers. Of course we all feel tempted to head south and have the time of our lives. Whatever those guys are doing, they’re doing it right because all is want to do is pack up and go on holidays.
After a hot shower and getting ready for the day, the next best thing on the list is to have a good, filling breakfast. Not the kind of breakfast you eat on your way out the door, but actually making the time every morning to have a real sit-down breakfast with my husband. It’s definitely the best way to start every day.
Being a project manager, my day is generally filled with stress and deadlines, so it’s important for me to reserve at least 15 minutes to enter my day happy and relaxed, which sets the tone for the entire day. It’s also a great time to connect when we generally talk about what we have on for the day and of any plans for the evening while eating a big bowl of nutritious goodness.