After the rush of Christmas and the New Year approaches, January can be a difficult month. The festivities and excesses have ended; the weather can be cold, damp and dismal; it can seem a long wait until springtime.
Fog unfolding from the Mendip Hills near where I live, has a natural beauty of its own, but can sometimes cloud vision, making it hard to see the way forward.
Yet a New Year brings new beginnings. In the words of Maya Angelou, “Stepping onto a brand new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation which is not nurturing to the whole person.”
As January can be a gloomy time of year, it’s a time when we all need to talk, more than usual. The mental health charity SANE calls January Blue Mood Month; a time when our thoughts can become grey and foggy like the weather and it can be difficult to find motivation.
We can beat January blues by doing a few simple, easy things which have a positive effect on our mental health; Walking and Mindfulness.
I have found that when I least feel like moving, that’s when I need to move the most! Taking a brisk walk or jogging outdoors - ideally amongst natural landscape - can really help me feel better, lifts the spirits.
And practicing Mindfulness helps too: being completely aware of what’s happening in the present moment - what’s going on inside me and what’s happening around me - not living life on ‘autopilot.’
May your New Year ahead be filled with peaceful and tranquil moments!