January Blues - How To Have The New Year You Want.
Written by listed counsellor/psychotherapist: Andrea Harber-Kelly MUKCP
30th December, 20120 Comments
January brings challenges for all of us! Meeting these in a way that identifies and responds to our real needs can set us up for a truly happy new year.
January is viewed by many living in Britain as the gloomiest month of the year. In a recent study, 65% of us have ended relationships in January and more couples argue in January than any other month. The days are short and cold, leading to a rise in Seasonal Affective Disorder, and the very real phenomenon of Cabin Fever can hit us as we spend on average 20% more time cooped up indoors than in the summer months.
Add to all this a return to work after an extended festive period and potential financial worries after Christmas spending and it is no surprise that so many of us can feel apathetic or downright miserable at this time of year.
To balance all this, we can also experience a feeling of motivation in January – a wish to make changes in response to the New Year, a time of new beginnings. To bring this about it can be useful to celebrate and look at the positives and strengths in your personality, to appreciate the abilities you have and to look at what challenges you would like to meet and address for yourself.
In a spirit of self-appreciation, bringing about change can be much easier. This can be challenging for us, however, and if support is needed in identifying or maintaining a positive view of ourselves and our goals then counselling sessions can be helpful.
New Year’s Resolutions are often short-lived and formulaic. A more enduring and real commitment to your own happiness, through attending counselling sessions, can bring about true “resolution” that unfolds at your own pace and in a way that suits you. This can help you to fully enjoy yourself in the here-and-now, whilst continuing to explore and fulfil your potential.
Happy New Year!
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