It’s no wonder that over the years we’ve seen this month get poor press, for being known as the most depressing month of the year.
Winter in the northern hemisphere consists of cold weather, dark mornings and travelling home from work in the dark with our bodies seeing limited daylight.
Getting back into a routine after resting our body and nurturing our soul over the Christmas and New Year break can be a real hard slog. As I reflect I can recall that sunken feeling as I hated climbing out of bed at 6am to put on my corporate 'uniform of suits and heels', do my hair and make-up at 6:30am and try and get some food into my system to help me wake up. Then, to join thousands of others on the long commute to work. All the while, my body not wanting to move and screaming to be back in bed wanting to hibernate under the duvet. Can you relate to this right now?
I’ll admit it… in the past I’ve joined the ‘Detox January’ with new diets and signing up for a 12-month gym membership, only to quickly see it all fall by the wayside halfway through February.
Somewhere, someone told us that we needed to purge our bodies of the festive food, see the new year as a new you and change ourselves with resolutions.
But I'd encourage you to stop and just take a moment.
Watch the birds. Watch the trees and the plants.
If you’re fortunate to see any other animals, watch them too. Nature is not fasting this month, they’re not creating new resolutions or running around. As I sit here writing this post, I can see pheasants sat in my garden enjoying the bird seed dropping from the feeders, as the little birds indulge on all of the goodness direct from the top feeder. They’re taking it slow and feeding for warmth.
This time of year is about being kind to ourselves and honouring what our bodies need. Taking time. Resting when we can, enjoying hearty food and going with the flow. Stocking up on good food like seasonal vegetables and fruit and winter warmers to keep the colds at bay.
Yes, set your intentions for the year. Think about how you want this year to be. What changes do you want to make? What dreams do you want to bring to reality? Take this time this month to set the plans, outline what you want to do and how you will do this. You have 12 months ahead and as my Dad always would remind me, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.
- Write out on paper what your plans are for the year. Mentally we can now prepare ourselves for the year ahead.
- Visualise what you want to do and see yourself achieving this.
- Think about the actions you need to take and mark out some activities over the year to help you make this happen.
With a plan for the year, action steps to take, your strong determination and commitment to bringing your dreams to life... you WILL make amazing things happen.
But for now; indulge in self-love, be kind to you, rest when you can and enjoy the things that make you feel good.