January tends to be a pretty tough month, especially if you live in the colder regions. In New York right now, its crazy cold. We are having a severe, lengthy cold snap and we just had a blizzard. This tough weather can put a damper on those “new year new you” resolutions. January is said by experts to be the toughest month of the year-between the weight gain, the bank account deficit and the brutal cold. You may not be the most motivated to get out to the gym or step outside for that 30 minute walk. You may even be beating yourself up about it, feeling like you already screwed up your resolutions. I say cut yourself some slack. “New Year, New You” can start in February, or any day for that matter. We get a clean slate every single day.
If you are stuck in the winter blues, unmotivated and wanting to hibernate until spring, don’t be so hard on yourself. It’s not easy, especially (as you get older), to try and brave January all at once. The holidays are full of joy and celebrations, so when they are over, the decorations come down and the parties come to an end – it can feel like a huge disappointment. Thanksgiving through New Years day is like a constant high with all the hustle and bustle involved. Then, January begins and kind of punches you in the face. To make January more of a shitty month, you feel obligated to have all these “new year, new me” resolutions , then implement them immediately. I think it’s quite ridiculous to put so much pressure on yourself.
BUT —I am also here to say don’t give up on those resolutions. You made them for good reasons, they came from a good place and more than likely they will enhance the quality of your life. If you are Jammed up in January, start with small changes. Don’t let the goals you set for yourself fall off. If you can’t find yourself motivated to go to the gym in 4 degree weather, then make sure you are making better meal choices at home. If you cant bring yourself to start the project you promised you would in January, don’t beat yourself up, but don’t give up either. Make a new plan with a new time to start – baby steps are perfectly acceptable. January will be over soon. Just because you don’t slay in January doesn’t mean you fail. It is simply a small setback. Things will turn around, keep your head up, keep your goals in front of you, push through- tomorrow is a new day. Do not give up on yourself.