This is an ‘oldie’ … but a ‘goody’…
It’s not even the end of January and some of my friends, family and even some of my clients have admitted that they are struggling with the ‘blues’ the big old, cold, never-ending, ‘dampening our spirits’ January blues… with the bright lights of Christmas a distant twinkle in our rearview mirrors, it can be tough to feel a warm glow of positive, high vibrational energy, when we look out toward the rest of the year ahead.
It is also terribly easy to get lost in a cosy blanket of despair. Focussing on a never-ending spiral of bad news. If you go looking for ‘trouble’ you will find it. There is never a shortage of bad news about… just listen to, or watch the news and within minutes you will be reaching for your comforter (whatever that may be). Some folks like to drown their sorrows and will be feeling the pinch of ‘dry January’ others like to have a ‘duvet day’, slipping back into bed and hiding under the covers, hoping it will all be over when they next emerge into the world. And yet others like to gather in groups and bring everyone else’s energy down to their level by spreading negativity and sadness.
The choice is yours, dear friend. Happiness is a choice.
You can choose to be sad and depressed, bringing everyone around you down… or you can choose to manage the sadness and look for opportunities to get your energy and focus up.
One of the fastest ways to get your vibration high is to laugh. Laugh like no one is watching, laugh often and whenever you can. If you tend to be a bit seriously minded (like I am) then consider booking some dates in your diary to do things that make you laugh and take you ‘out of yourself’.
Back in December when I considered how I would deal with the ‘January blues’, I made a choice to organise a few fun days. They needn’t be expensive, but they do need to be something interesting to you personally. I happen to have a group of friends who enjoy dabbling in painting and creativity as much as I do, so we booked a half-day linocut workshop. Gosh did we have fun!
It may even become a regular feature, once a month, because everyone enjoyed it so much. The teacher even asked if we would consider hosting the event on a more regular basis… result!
I have certain friends who make me laugh and breath sunshine into the darkest parts of my consciousness. If I ever feel like I’m getting too serious about life in general then I book a coffee with one of these delightful angels. It needn’t be a big production either, just a quick coffee with a friend could brighten your day and get you on the right track again. Or a quick phone call if neither of you has time for coffee/tea/macchiato.
A good funny film could also bring you out of the doldrums. I always think it good practice to seek out comedies to watch during January. And February and March can be a tricky month for many too. If you tend to watch a lot of news and drama films, consider monitoring your mood. If you are a sensitive soul, like I am, then you could benefit from watching a comedy from time to time. Switch off the news, read a good comedy or spend time with your favourite uplifting friends and banish the blues. Get out to a live comedy if that’s your bag! But do something!
It’s your responsibility to stay positive and happy and raise your own vibration.
Decluttering can seem like a huge chore to undertake when you are not feeling your sexy best, but studies have shown this is also one of the fastest ways to up your vibration and get you feeling good again. Removing ‘stuck’ energy by removing ‘junk’ has been known to set us on the path to happiness. Start small, just one drawer at a time or one box. There is more about this in the book ‘abundance magic’.
Laugh and the world laughs with you… Cry and you cry alone!
Of course, it goes without saying. If you feel like your blues run a lot deeper than the generally expected January blues it could be time to seek professional support. There is a lot less stigma attached to mental health issues nowadays and lots of people are understanding that it is a lot more common than we originally thought. Wouldn’t it also be better to get some professional help rather than wallow in sadness for years on end?
Heres to plenty of giggles throughout 2020.