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Posted by: The Probe 4th January 2019
January is a month that often feels a little depressing. Christmas is over, the weather is bad, and these negative feelings can quickly seep into a work environment if you don’t take measures to stop them. As such, there are a number of things you can do to keep yourself, and your colleagues motivated for a brighter, happier January.
Of course, when looking at the evidence it does seem that January blues can be difficult to beat. Blue Monday (the day of the year people are most likely to feel depressed) is in January, death rates are typically higher at the beginning of the year,[i]and certain stories that suggest that suicide rates are much higher too[ii](though this isn’t actually the case).[iii]
As it’s so easy to paint such a dreary picture of the month as a whole, it’s understandable that many people may feel glum about January coming around, but a change in attitude can quickly turn this around.
Resolutions you can stick to
It’s estimated that around 80% of us fail to keep our resolutions. Not only do we have the tendency to want to see instant results from changes in our bad behaviours, but we also have a habit of setting ourselves unattainable goals.[iv]
One way of sticking to resolutions is to take a more measured approach. Are you aiming to exercise more? It’s better to gradually implement this change, taking steps like visiting the gym once a week and then working upwards from there. This gives you a chance to adapt to the alterations in your lifestyle, and research has proven that changing behaviour this way results in habits sticking for a longer period of time.[v]
It’s also important to set specific goals. Rather than vaguely claiming that you want to lose weight, say that you want to lose 2 stone before the 1stof July. This makes it easier to measure your goal and also gives you a strict time limit in which to achieve your vision, which may encourage you to work harder towards it.
Something to celebrate
It’s also worth remembering that January still has a number of fun national days that you can celebrate in the practice. Perhaps you can all experience a bit of indulgence by treating your sweet tooth on National Strawberry Ice Cream Day (January 15th) or perhaps you can organise some fun lunchtime activities for your team on National Have Fun At Work Day (January 28th)?
By setting small things to look forward to you can help to abolish the dreary feelings of January, and motivate colleagues to see things on the brighter side. Plus, by motivating yourself to stick to any resolutions, and giving yourself something to look forward to, you can remain cheerful at work and at home, helping to spread cheer instead of the January blues!
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[i]CBS. More Deaths In Winter. Link: https://www.cbs.nl/en-gb/news/2018/07/more-deaths-in-winter[Last accessed October 18].
[iv]Lifehack.org. 10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail. Link: https://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-reasons-why-new-years-resolutions-fail.html[Last accessed October 18].
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