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!

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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.

Unlock your purpose and potential this year using the power of Intentions

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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Books

You can’t buy Happiness, but you can buy Books…
and that’s kind of the same thing!

– Anon

Reading a Book is…

For me, personally, books are bliss.

I love books. Books have always been an integral part of my life since childhood.

Books help me to escape the pressures of reality.

Growing up in Northern Ireland during the period of civil unrest, known as ‘The Troubles’, was a difficult time and fearful time for me. And as a sensitive child reading books was my way to cope and to escape the frightening reality of the world I lived in.

I loved stories that whisked me away on adventures to strange lands – my favourite books were ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland‘ and ‘The Chronicles of Narnia‘.

Did you have a book that you hold dear from your childhood?

Today a READER
Tomorrow a LEADER

Margaret Fuller

Stories have always been a key part of human civilisations, from cavemen drawings to Egyptian hieroglyphics, to travelling bards and minstrals – they were all ways to communicate and share tales.

We, of course, recognised that children learn through stories – but did you know that our UNCONSCIOUS mind learns through stories (a vital tool used in hypnosis to plant seeds of change and a technique that I use successfully with clients).

At heart I am a storyteller and really enjoy using my creativity with words to write stories to share into the world. My books all have a purpose to promote transformation towards well-being.

My first fiction book (The Naked Knitting Club – Casting On) tells the story of Cate, a bored woman in her late 30s who decides to take a leap out of her comfort zone, which brings changes to her life she never could have expected – along with a set of wonderful new friends.

The other books I have written have been non-fiction self-development in nature, a way to share my personal insights having come through a few major life traumas, along with some practical exercises which I know work.

Writing is very therapeutic for me. It allows me to express myself and find the words to convey meaning. Sometimes, the MUSE drops an idea – the seed of an idea – that takes root, flourishes and blooms. Whether you write and publish your stories out into the world, or you choose to write for yourself as a healing tool – it is what feels right for you.

EXERCISE – Free Writing

A daily exercise to clear your Brain from the cycle of thoughts which drain your energy

This is a simple and yet highly effective way to clear those annoying thoughts out of your mind. You know the ones I mean – the thoughts which seem to be a a permanent spin, whirling around your head in a never-ending cycle.

Grab a notebook and pen and allow your mind to throw up those annoying thoughts – and you just need to write them down. You are merely a note taker (an observer).

Allow yourself 30 minutes each morning (and/or evening before bed) to clear out these brain-drainers.

By writing down the thoughts, you are giving permission for your mind to let them go. And you can shut your book and forget about them.

With time and daily repetition, you will find your mind will start to become calmer and there is more space to think about other more positive and important thoughts. It also helps to calm the mind before going to bed which will lead to better and more nourishing sleep.

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