Was it me, or did January seem like it would never end?
You have the Christmas blues and you have just realised that you ate way too much turkey sandwiches and chocolate fingers the month beforehand.
Not only that but you are broke and keep counting down the days until you see your first pay check for the year. You vowed to be committed to the gym to keep fit or loose a few pounds before Summer comes around, but you just can’t seem to get out of bed in the mornings.
It’s dark, it’s grey, the weather is horrible and why on earth is it so cold?!
Yes, WHY IS IT SO COLD?!
So, may I ask, how are your New Years Resolutions coming along? For many, January was a free trial month and 2019 has actually started in February.
We gain so much momentum in that 1st week of the new year and spurt out everything we need to accomplish by the end of the year. However, by the second week of January hits us we can’t remember a thing we wanted to do. The feeling of “New Year, New Me” gets forgotten about in an instance and you return to your old, samey habits as you did last year, the year before that, and the year before that one.
After all the Christmas and New Year hype has calmed down, many of us feel deflated, miserable and broke.
I have found that setting our New Year’s Resolution goals are easier said than done. We either can’t be bothered because winter makes us feel depressed and cold and by the time summer comes around all we want to do is have fun. That’s until October slaps us in the face again and you’re wondering where the year went and why you didn’t achieve the things you wanted to. What makes them worth anything is the actions we put in. Enough of complaining about January, if you haven’t already, it is time to start pushing forward this February.
Here are some useful tips that can help you feel more motivated during these wintry months:
Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier than expected:
At first this can seem like such an impossible task to many, especially if your wrapped up under the warm duvet and dreaming about your next holiday in the sun with the girls. But trust me…waking up earlier than you usually do may actually help you. try setting your alarm to 30 minutes earlier than you would usually wake up and get out of bed and do something you wouldn’t do before. Read a book, listen to some music, exercise, meditate, jump around the house – whatever you do try not to go on social media or turn the telly on for these few minutes we wake up earlier as they can impact how our day goes. Also doing things out of the ordinary first thing in the morning, may get you more pumped up as you are adding something new to your morning routine
Read or listen to a motivational book or audio
These are a God send! Whenever I feel crappy, down or just cannot be asked, I read or listen to something motivational or inspiring and it always makes me feel better. We get upset or miserable for some of the littlest things and fail to look at the bigger picture in life. Things may occur that we are not happy with but what you need to do is get up, put a smile on your face and keep going. It is all apart of this journey called life and we need to start living instead of watching everyone living.
Continue to WRITE down your goals daily
Writing down our goals daily can actually have positive effects on our productivity throughout the day. once we do this, we subconsciously know everything we have to do and feel good once we ticked something off out to-do list – no matter how small it may be. Understand that all the little goals you write down and accomplish throughout the day is setting you up for that one big goal that you want to achieve by the end of the year.
During January all we do is complain, moan and complain some more. It becomes draining and we seem to forget all the stuff we are grateful for in our lives, because we are too busy waiting for the month to end. Along with writing your goals down, try writing down 3 things you are grateful for every morning (it can even be as small as having breakfast before leaving the house). The more we show gratitude for the things we do have, the more we blessings will come into our lives exactly when we need them.
Do something FUN!:
OK, I know what you’re thinking! “How am I meant to have fun when it is cold and dark outside”. But you don’t always need to go out to have fun. You can invite family or friends over for a movie night, better yet a games night. Go out with some friends to your nearest bowling alley, whatever tickles your fancy – just have some fun.