How to Beat the January Blahs
The shopping is done. The gifts are purchased, given, received and
put away. The festive Christmas decorations are put away for another
year. Not even a crumb of a Christmas cookie remains. Sigh.
I’m not sure if anyone else gets a little blue at this time of year,
but I recognize the January blahs as an annual visitor. I recognize it is reasonable to feel a bit let down after the non-stop activities and
endless to-do lists in December. I’m also convinced that some of it is
plain old exhaustion. We all know that the women single-handedly
navigate the planning, shopping and orchestrating of family Christmas
traditions. Weather also plays a part. As I get older, I notice that
cold and gray days greatly impact my mood.
How do YOU beat the January blahs? I posed this question to my
friends on Facebook recently and received a wide range of suggestions
from exercise to starting a new project to curling up by a warm fire to
getting a happy light.
My favorite remedy is the discipline of gratitude. This past year, I
participated in Ann Voskamp’s “Joy Dare.” If we keep a record of three
things we are thankful for each day, we will count one thousand gifts by
the end of the year. Being intentional about gratitude and counting my
blessings daily was a powerful testimony to me. There is proven
scientific research to show that being grateful not only improves our
attitude but also our overall health. My attitude and mood, even my
sleeping were significantly improved when I was faithful with my
discipline of gratitude.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34