Embracing January: 8 Ways to Beat the Blues and Fall Back in Love with Winter

   Why do so many of us struggle in January with feeling down
and what can we do about it?

 

 

Introduction:

Ah, January – the month of new beginnings, resolutions, and fresh starts. However, for many, it’s also the time when the January blues kick in, making it a bit challenging to fully embrace the new year. If you find yourself struggling with the post-festive season slump, fear not!

Here are eight ways to learn to love January and banish those post-holiday blues and learn to love the magic of mid-winter.

Fed up and feeling down in January after the holidays then discover 8 Ways to Beat the Blues and Fall back in Love with Winter

1. Hygge Heaven: Transform Your Space

 One of the best ways to combat the January blues is to create a cosy sanctuary in your own home. Embrace the Danish concept of “hygge” by adding soft blankets, fluffy cushions, and warm lighting to your living space. Create a haven where you can relax and unwind, making your home a place of comfort and joy during the cold winter days.

2. Set Intentions and Take Baby Steps to Success

 The pressure to set ambitious New Year’s resolutions can contribute to the January blues. Instead of overwhelming yourself with grand goals, opt for intentions which feel lighter. If you are opting for goal setting, make sure you break down your resolutions into manageable smaller tasks. Then celebrate each accomplishment. By taking baby steps, you’ll build momentum and gain a sense of achievement that can help lift your spirits. (Read the blog about INTENTIONS).

3. Embrace the Great Outdoors: Winter Wanders

The countryside, even in the winter months, has its own unique charm. Bundle up in your warmest coat, don a stylish scarf, and head outdoors for a brisk winter walk. Whether it’s a stroll through a local park or a hike in the countryside, connecting with nature can have a rejuvenating effect on your mood. Plus, you’ll get some much-needed fresh air and exercise which all helps to fire up your happy hormones (endorphins) which aid stress and pain relief.


Beat January Blue by embracing the magic of mid-winter with a winter walk

4. Culinary Comforts: Winter Warmers

Warm the cockles of your Soul with hearty and comforting winter dishes. Indulge in classics like a steaming bowl of homemade soup, a savoury pie or a hearty stew. Cooking can be a therapeutic activity and the delicious results will not only satisfy your taste buds but also provide a sense of accomplishment. Invite friends over for a winter feast and make it a social event to raise everyone’s spirits.

 

5. Light Up Your Life: Combatting the Darkness

January days may be shorter and darker, but that doesn’t mean your surroundings have to be gloomy. Particularly, if you suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), then invest in some soft, warm lighting to brighten up your living space. Consider fairy lights, candles, or a Himalayan salt lamp for a cosy and calming atmosphere. Creating a well-lit and inviting environment can make a significant difference in your mood during the winter months.

 

 6. Mindful Moments: Find Your Zen

Combat the January blues by incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine. Whether it’s through meditation, yoga, or simply taking a few moments each day to focus on your breath, mindfulness can help you stay present and cultivate a positive mindset. There are plenty of apps and online resources to guide you through mindfulness practices, making it accessible for beginners.

 

7. Plan Something to Look Forward To and Beat the Winter Rut

Having something exciting on the horizon can make January more bearable. Plan a weekend getaway, a day trip to a nearby city, or even a pamper spa date with friends. Having a future event to anticipate can help shift your focus from the winter blues and inject some excitement into your month.

 

8. Embrace the Season: Winter Wonders

Instead of wishing away the winter months, embrace the unique joys that January brings. Whether it’s building a snowman, enjoying winter sports, or sipping on a hot chocolate by the fire, find activities that make the most of the season. By appreciating the beauty and charm of winter, you’ll discover that January has its own special magic.

So, there you have it – eight simple ways to learn to love January, even if you suffer from the blues. With a bit of hygge, intention setting, outdoor adventures, comforting food, time with friends and mindful moments – you can turn this potentially challenging month into a time of rejuvenation and positivity.

Find ways to overcome the Winter Blues and warm your soul

Cheers to embracing mid-winter with open arms and a warm heart!

2023 Signature Janet Groom Soul Magic Coach

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Unlocking Potential: The Flexibility and Power of New Year Intentions Over Goals

   Allow your true Purpose and Potential to shine through by using the power of Intentions to define your desires

Introduction:

As the dawn of a new year approaches, the age-old tradition of setting New Year’s resolutions and goals takes center stage. However, there’s a subtle yet transformative alternative gaining momentum—setting INTENTIONS.

In this blog post, we explore the flexibility and inherent advantages of intentions over traditional goal-setting, shedding light on why this approach may be more conducive to personal growth, adaptability, and overall well-being.

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1. Embracing Fluidity in Change:

Setting intentions provides a more flexible framework compared to rigid goals. Life is dynamic, and circumstances often change. Intentions allow you to navigate this ebb and flow with grace, adapting your path as needed. Instead of a fixed endpoint, intentions offer a guiding principle, enabling you to respond to evolving situations with greater ease. Intentions offer flexibility to shift and adapt as required, going with the flow of life.

2. Fostering Mindful Presence:

Intentions focus on the present moment rather than a future achievement. This mindfulness cultivates a deeper connection with your actions and decisions. By staying present, you are more attuned to your values and can make choices aligned with your authentic self. This mindful presence fosters a sense of fulfillment and purpose throughout the journey.

3. Encouraging Personal Growth and Exploration:

Intentions are expansive, allowing for exploration and personal growth. Instead of confining yourself to a specific outcome, setting intentions invites you to embrace the process of becoming. This openness encourages self-discovery, providing room for unexpected opportunities and discoveries along the way.

4. Reducing Performance Pressure:

Traditional goal-setting often comes with the weight of performance pressure. Intentions, on the other hand, emphasize the journey rather than a destination. This approach minimizes stress and anxiety, allowing you to focus on personal development without the constant pressure to meet predefined benchmarks. Goals can feel like a burden and if they are not achieved, it can lead to a sense of failure and lowering of your self-esteem and confidence.

5. Adapting to Changing Circumstances:

Life is inherently unpredictable, and intentions acknowledge this reality. If circumstances shift unexpectedly, intentions can be adjusted without the need for a complete overhaul. This adaptability promotes resilience and helps you maintain momentum, even in the face of unforeseen challenges.

6. Aligning with Personal Values:

Intentions are rooted in personal values, allowing for a more profound connection to your aspirations. By aligning with your values, you create a sense of purpose that transcends specific goals. This alignment fosters a more enduring motivation, ensuring that your pursuits are meaningful and fulfilling. You feel more attuned to your intentions and this connection holds a stronger energy which offers more support.

7. Cultivating a Positive Mindset:

Intentions focus on positive attributes and attitudes, nurturing a more optimistic mindset. Rather than framing your aspirations in terms of what you lack or need to change, intentions encourage a positive affirmation of who you want to become. This shift in perspective contributes to a healthier and more empowering outlook on personal growth.

8. Enhancing Self-Compassion:

Intentions are inherently compassionate. If you veer off course or face setbacks, intentions provide a forgiving framework. Instead of perceiving deviations as failures, you view them as opportunities for learning and growth. This self-compassion is vital for maintaining motivation and resilience throughout your journey.

9. Encouraging Holistic Well-Being:

Intentions extend beyond specific achievements, encompassing various aspects of well-being. Whether focusing on emotional, physical, or spiritual growth, intentions promote a holistic approach to self-improvement. This comprehensive perspective contributes to a more balanced and fulfilling life.

10. Creating Sustainable Habits:

Intentions naturally lend themselves to the formation of sustainable habits. By fostering a continuous mindset of growth and self-discovery, intentions become integrated into your daily life. This consistency allows for the gradual development of habits that align with your overarching aspirations. Instead of becoming hyper-focussed on the expected outcome, you learn to be more open to the Universe offering opportunities you could never have foreseen.

Conclusion:

As the new year beckons, consider embracing the transformative power of intentions over traditional goal-setting. The flexibility, adaptability, and holistic nature of intentions pave the way for a more mindful, fulfilling, and purpose-driven journey.

By focusing on the present moment, aligning with personal values, and cultivating a positive mindset, you unlock the potential for sustained growth and well-being throughout the year and beyond. Here’s to a new chapter filled with intentions that resonate with the true essence of who you are and who you aspire to become.

Intentions to unlock your potential in the new year

Use INTENTIONS to take a more flexible and lighter approach
to achieving your desires.
Be open to the Universe opening unexpected doors 
and take a more fun approach
to find success in 2024.

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A Year in Review: Pausing to Reflect, Cherish, and Learn

December is an ideal time to pause and reflect on the ups and downs of the past year.

 

Introduction:

As the year draws to a close, it’s a natural inclination to take a moment to reflect on the journey we’ve traveled. The past twelve months have been filled with highs and lows, challenges and triumphs. Now is the time to pause, take stock, and store away the good memories while embracing the profound lessons that have shaped our experiences.

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1. Cherishing the Highlights:

Begin your reflection by savouring the highlights of the year. Identify moments of joy, achievement, and connection. These memories are the gems that illuminate the tapestry of your life, and consciously cherishing them enhances their lasting impact.

2. Acknowledge the Challenges:

Reflecting doesn’t only involve celebrating successes but also acknowledging challenges. What hurdles did you overcome? What lessons did adversity impart? Recognising these struggles is a important testament to your resilience and growth.

3. Store the Good Memories:

As you reflect, actively store away the good memories. Visualise them as treasures locked away in a chest, ready to be revisited whenever needed. Whether it’s a shared laugh, a personal achievement, or a moment of quiet contentment, these memories serve as beacons of positivity and constant reminders of the good things in your life.


Memories - store the good memories from your past year

4. Learnings:

Every experience, even the seemingly mundane, carries a lesson. What have you learned about yourself, your relationships, and the world around you? Extracting these learnings from your experiences is a valuable step toward personal growth and development. Taking onboard these learnings support us to move forward away from repeating the same mistakes.

5. Express Gratitude:

Cultivate a spirit of gratitude for the lessons, the joys and even the challenges. Gratitude is a powerful force that amplifies positive emotions and fosters a mindset of abundance.

6. Set Intentions for the Future:

Reflecting isn’t just about the past; it’s a bridge to the future. Consider what intentions you want to set for the coming year. How can you build on your experiences to create a more fulfilling and purposeful life?

7. Celebrate Personal Growth:

Finally, celebrate the growth you’ve undergone. Reflect on the person you were at the beginning of the year and compare it to the person you are now. Acknowledge your evolution, both in terms of strengths gained and challenges conquered. See how far you have come along your path and recognise that it may not have been exactly as you had planned, however, it has brought you closer to where you need to be.

Conclusion:

As you embark on this reflective journey, remember that every experience, whether joyous or challenging, contributes to the rich tapestry of your life. Take the time to store away the good memories, glean insights from your learnings, and step into the new year with a heart full of gratitude and a spirit eager for growth.

In reflection, we find not only a celebration of the past but a roadmap for the inspiring chapters yet to come.

Pause and Reflect upon the past year

 

Reflection is a time to pause
and look back and see how far you have travelled
on your life journey.
It is a grounding experience
and helps you weigh up
and acknowledge your growth.

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Moon Influences

Shoot for the MOON
and if you miss,
you will still be among the Stars.

– Lee Brown

Are you drawn to the MOON?

Since early man, the moon has held our awe and curiosity. Some have treated as a Goddess while others have feared it.

As a child, I was told about the moon being made from cheese and that there was a man in the moon – which I hasten to add, that even as a young child, this made no sense to me. On another occasion, I vividly remember my two older brothers lifting me up to see the moon out the window and them telling me that a man had landed on the moon – it was 20 July 1969, and I was only 2 years old.

My fascination for the night sky, and in particular the moon, has only grown through my travels. Looking back, I marvel at the night Mr G and I stood on knee deep in snow in the Swiss Alps and were amazed at how the moonlight reflecting on the pure white snow creating an ethereal light – so bright we could see clearly. On another occasion, we were sleeping on the deck of a sailing yacht in Indonesia and as we watched the Moon and stars overhead, we were rocked to sleep. It was a dreamlike experience.

I am totally captivated by the moon – are you?

There are three main ways in which the Moon impacts on life: time, tides and light.

You may know from school days (or not!) that the moon rotates on its axis equal to the time it takes to orbit the earth which takes 27.3 days which means the same side of the moon is always on display to the earth. The cycle from New Moon to next New Moon takes 29.5 days. Both the moon and the earth orbit the Sun.

The moon is known to affect the tides with its gravitational pull, meaning the oceans to bulge creating high tides with the most impact on a New or Full moon. Additionally, the moon also plays a part in lives of animals, including providing navigational aid for migrations  (if you wish to know more on this, please do an internet search as it is quite interesting).

In farming communities, some farmers choose to follow the lunar cycle for planting and harvesting. You can grab a copy of the annual ALMANAC to find out more details about when to do certain tasks. (Available to buy on Amazon)

And, surprisingly, in some cultures women are even guided to have their haircut and shave at a specific cycle of the moon.

In the spiritual world, the NEW MOON or FULL MOON are auspicious times to carry out some rituals or tasks.

The NEW MOON (Yangthe masculine energy) is a powerful time to set your intentions, and a time to clear and re-energise your sacred space.

While the FULL MOON (Yinfemale energy) is the end of the cycle, like a cosmic wave breaking – a time to reflect and realign with the rhythm of the Universe. It is also a good time to release negative energies and if you work with crystals, the Full Moon’s energy will cleanse them.

Over the centuries, the moon has attracted many followers from the ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Celts and the Native American Indians. It is associated with dreams, imagination and creativity, as well as, wisdom, intuition, birth-death, reincarnation and spiritual connection. And, of course, numerous myths and legends are associated with the moon – like vampires and werewolves.

Even in today’s world it still has a hold over us, and I will be forever enthralled by her ethereal beauty shining down from the star-filled night sky filling my soul with dreams.

What do you love about the moon?

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