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    January Blues Causes and Solutions

    After the holiday season's festivities, January can bring sudden sadness. Please add some of your own solutions that have worked for you.

    The following is a good article on January blues and some ideas how to cope:

    The festive season is over and it's back to work – no wonder January feels like the gloomiest month of the year.

    Add to that freezing weather, Christmas debts and failed resolutions, and it's no surprise that everyone's miserable and low.

    The good news is it takes less effort than you think to lift your mood.
    (1) Weight Gain over Christmas

    'Following a sensible healthy eating plan with exercise, most people can lose approximately 2lb per week - that's nearly all your Christmas weight gain in three weeks.'
    Cut down to three small meals and two snacks (1500 calories, 2000 for a man). For faster rate loss cut out morning coffee and muffin, reduce sweet snacks only once a week, and limit alcohol.

    (2) General Post-Christmas Blues

    Like reluctant school kids, many of us return to work with feelings of lethargy, misery and a lack of personal fulfillment.
    Factor in more breaks into your work life.

    Try a weekend away or 'staycationing' – where you take leave, but enjoy time at home. Or why not use your annual leave for the odd spontaneous day off?

    If your feelings of work despair go deeper, executive coach Alison Ives suggests taking a serious look at how you can improve your current role before you look for a new job.

    Ask yourself two questions:

    what can you do to make your existing job more interesting?
    what do you love most and what are your professional strengths?

    'Don't go. Grow,' says Alison. 'The conventional wisdom on making a career change is to work out "what next?" and then make it happen – but change often happens the other way round.

    'Make something happen at work first and then more permanent change will follow.'

    Ways to do this are to look at your past successes and what you've enjoyed doing, because these will guide you to changing the right areas of your work life.
    (3) New Year Over-Analysis

    To lift your morale and gain perspective, life coach Fiona Harrold suggests making a list of everything that is already great with your life, taking stock of all that you feel grateful for right now.

    Balance your drive for change with an appreciation of the here-and-now and your sense of disillusionment will go.
    (4) Family Tension Over Christmas

    'Recuperate by first resolving any holiday conflicts that have lingered on, because it's these that will keep on making you feel miserable and stressed into January and beyond.'

    If you've had a big row over something, be the bigger person and back down. Why not consider an old-fashioned letter in the post to apologise or a thoughtful gift?
    (5) Money Worries After Christmas

    Financial advisor and founder of Wise Monkey Financial Coaching Simonne Gnessen says: 'Keep a note of your daily expenditure and focus on how you feel when you spend. This can help you adopt healthier habits that will then improve your financial situation.'
    (6) It's Cold and Dark Outside

    Seasonal Affective Disorder affects a number of people.
    Boost your mood by making a lunchtime walk a daily habit. Just 30 minutes of natural light, even weak winter sunlight, can be enough to make you feel happier and energised.
    For more solutions on this article, read further:

    January blues: how to lift your mood
    Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.


    True love is wanting to give to another person without any thought about
    who’s getting the better of the deal.

    Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lie's man's only promise

    ~All quotes by Leo Buscaglia


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    Re: January Blues Causes and Solutions

    Getting together with friends for a coffee and good conversation works for me.
    Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.


    True love is wanting to give to another person without any thought about
    who’s getting the better of the deal.

    Love always creates, it never destroys. In this lie's man's only promise

    ~All quotes by Leo Buscaglia


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