“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” – George S. Patton
Welcoming January with open arms, the first weeks of the new year are always odd. The majority of us start setting ourselves goals for the entire year, which feels like such a long time. And let’s be honest – the media emphasizes the ‘New Year – New Self’ topic even more. It is great to be motivated and if the new year triggers that then fab. But often this turns bitter from the pressure of everything and January winterblues set in. This is exactly what has happened to me and I can vouch for the fact I’m not alone in this. Even in this beautiful coat I found from the amazing brand Samsoe & Samsoe (watch out – it’s THE upcoming brand and I am already a huge fan!) I could not prevent my mood from the emptiness. At first I was not sure if the length and green color would fit my size and hair. And after deciding upon the worth of the investment I couldn’t stop wearing my absolute warmest and most favorite piece of clothing of this season. No matter what I wear – it’s in every situation the best outer skin to cosily wrap me in from the icy cold. But now back to the Winterblues…
Part of feeling down this time of year is due (next to the foggy weather) to the pressures we put on ourselves. I definitely do this, expecting all my goals and plans be set and mapped out. The truth is, just because we have transitioned into a new year, nothing has changed. We get plastered with new beginnings in marketing, fitness, planning your holiday and updating the home etc. It is everywhere that we MUST use the new year as a chance to become a better version of ourselves.
This is a tricky one, especially as I am also in the middle of a huge downward rut. We have the entire year and longer to achieve the things we want. If you do one thing per day you feel proud of then time is the only thing making you down. We can’t expect things to be amazing straight away, we have to work hard and listen to our bodies. Down time and relaxation is just as important as the working hard. Doing this means you re-evaluate and become more in-tune with what you actually want in life, and how to do it. Do not expect to finish and achieve all your goals within the next days or weeks – some goals might take you months (like getting used to a new routine).
It’s a very trendy topic and largely discussed in the blogosphere. I started following a few minimalistic bloggers (I hope this is the right term). And I literally got so inspired to free my closet and home step by step.
There are so many things in our lives that we don’t need and have brought to feed our growing emptiness. This desire is in most people and after Christmas when all the presents have been opened and we settle back into our daily routines. The comparison of over indulging to our normal day routine is tough. Minimalism, or at least the concept of it is fascinating and actually makes a lot of sense. It could be the answer to your January Blues! As so often – you can’t buy happiness nor do things bring you long-lasting satisfaction…
I don’t expect this blog post to make you change your outlook on life or instantly feel better but I hope you can relate in the feelings. It is important to relax and look after our minds as well as our bodies. I don’t have a magical recipe for myself. But what helped me this weeks was definitely the sunshine and long walks in the nature.
Finding new inspiration and just relax. Just having coffee and talking to friends about other things than your dark thoughts cheer me up too.
And not to mention – Yoga helps me to feel grounded and generally makes everything in life easier to accept and be more focused on the things I really love doing. No matter if this brings money or other people think I’m ,crazy’.
As long as I am content with myself – that’s fine and then brighter days will come 😉
What inspired me most these days was the wonderful documentary ‘Happy’ which makes you realize that actually the western world moaning is on a super high level…
“The earlier you learn that you should focus on what you have, and not obsess about what you don’t have, the happier you will be.” – Amy Poehler