January isn’t so bad….

Welcome to the New Year!

Why is it that the day after new year’s everyone begins to freak out? Here we are, coming off the high of the holidays…off of feeling good, relaxed, perhaps a few pounds heavier and then all of a sudden, January 2nd rolls around and its “holy shit!”

As I am often instructed during my yoga practice, we must stay focused on being on the mat, in the moment. Any stray thoughts that come into our minds must be acknowledged but then pushed to the side since there is not much you can do about them.

The same holds true for everday living.

January generally represents a fairly “bleak” time of year. Credit card bills begin to roll in, punishment for our naughty holiday shopping behaviour. We return to our jobs…in some cases begrudgingly. The dread of returning to work might be because of feelings of dissatisfaction or lack of fulfillment. We begin to start working on those resolutions we made in our drunken stupor over new years and realize how crazy or unattainable these goals really are.

Its a time of year to feel depressed, even lost.

I get it…its an easy hole to fall into. I have been known to fall into this hole, too.

But, there are some simple things you can do to prevent yourself from falling into these holes.

Suggestion number one…..ditch the resolutions. Resolutions usually come with expectation. Falling short of your expectations can be a major downer. However, if you have no expectations, you can sometimes be pleasantly surprised instead of horribly disappointed.

Suggestion number two….move! Doing something physical will get the juices flowing. Have you ever spent the entire day at home in your bathrobe doing nothing? Think about how tired you were as a result of doing diddly-squat? Move! It doesn’t necessarily have to mean spending money you don’t have on a health club membership. Go for a brisk walk….go skating or sledding with your kids. Not only will this make you feel better physically, it will also help you mentally, lifting your spirits.

Suggestion number three….make good on a personal interest or dream you have put off. As I headed into the holiday slowdown, my business wound down because people were turning towards thoughts of the Christmas season. The last thing they wanted to do was to start a new deal or work hard at finishing one. While I had every desire keep my business going, I ran the risk of becoming bummed-out and depressed. Instead, I started my blog. Posting something everyday gave me purpose and focus and allowed me to start thinking about things that I would like to do beyond my current profession. While I haven’t finalized anything…these blogs have got me thinking.

Suggestion number four…embrace the season. Why is it that when you ask an adult what they think about winter, more times than not, they tell you how much they hate it. Ask a child the same question, they usually tell you how they can go outside and frolic in the snow, build snowmen (or women), go skiing, sledding, ice skating…the list goes on. Loathing winter only means that you are waiting around for spring to come…wasting valuable time. Think back to when you were a child and remember what you loved most about winter and re-live your youth!! It will no doubt bring a smile to your face.

What do you do to keep your spirits up at what is normally a hum-drum time of year?

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About theenlightenedmale

Stephen Gosewich is an aspiring enlightened male. He spends his days during the week as a guy working in real estate. At all other times, he just enjoys hanging out with his wonder best friend and wife and their two very active and inspiring daughters. Steve has supplied blogs to The Good Men Project, Village Living Magazine (print/online) and has been the "Daddy Blogger" at pinkandbluebaby.com. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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