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Struggling already...January Blues?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

It's only half way through January and I've already lost a lot of my drive, motivation or whatever you want to call it.

I am not sure if its post-Christmas blues, or January blues, lack of sunlight, crazy weird weather - ie. lost of snow, to freezing cold, to fairly warm, back to freezing cold etc. My head doesn't cope well with these weather changes. I feel tired, my muscles ache and each day I just hop on the merry-go-round, survive and then go to bed at night.

There is absolutely nothing wrong in my life to bring me down. In fact, my goal and word for the year is JOY. And already I am struggling with this!! It's not logical and I wish this little dark cloud would go away!

I am really hoping that it is hormonal and temporary. I am attempting to care of myself, get lots of sleep at night, walked at lunch hour, had a lunch date with DH. I am doing small things on my to-do list to feel a sense of accomplishment.

It's tempting to curl inside your shell and not talk to anyone when you feel this way, but logically I know that that is not the best thing to do. So I am reaching out, emailing some friends, making plans for the weekend and will hopefully have a more positive perspective next week :D
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    Winter is the hardest season. If you continue to feel down, see your doctor and have some tests. Light deprivation can also cause depression.
    1735 days ago
    Vitamin D3 is also my vote. Get a test to see if you are deficient. Turn on the lights. Light up every dark corner of your home. Any room you will be going into. Put some on timers so they come on about an hour before the sun comes up and before it sets. I have a timer on a lamp in the living room. My bedroom door opens onto the living room. That lamp comes on at 7:00. The sun comes up so you know it's daylight and the street light goes off at 8:15 am.

    I am much happier. I'm also taking vitamin D3. My level in August was 13 out of 100. And I live in Florida.

    Could be hormones, too. But I would ask my primary or chiropractor for help with this. It is not your fault. Unless you don't seek help.

    The other thing is, sometimes if I just get up and do one small thing, something I know I can do successfully, like shake out the welcome mat, that one little thing leads to another and another, kind of like a snowball rolling down a hill, gathering more and more snow.

    Sorry. We're expecting snow tomorrow here at my house in NC. I was born in FL and haven't been in snow often. So this is exciting for me.

    Another suggestion: Set a little task to find something to smile at daily and write that thing on a calendar. Go back and read some of those things when you're down. There is a private journal off your start page where you can record those type of private thoughts that you might not want to put in your blog.
    1736 days ago
  • ERIN1128
    I think january can be tough..the letdown after the holidays, back to reality and all. We have been in an EXTENDED cold snap here and I kind of just finally hit the end of my rope with it this week, I'm just sick of it being so cold! Hopefully we'll all get some warmer weather soon and can get outside and get some sunshine. Keep working at being joyful!
    1736 days ago
    I hear a lot of myself in your blog. It sounds like you are doing what you need to do and time will get you to a different place. Thanks for being courageous and writing the blog.
    1736 days ago
    Sorry to hear of you struggle, are you getting your VIt D3?
    Good for you for reaching out and not withdrawing!
    We are all here to support and encourage you!

    Glad to see a post from you and thanks for the goodie! and the smoothie!
    1736 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Don't let your circumstances get you down. Focus upon that which you have already accomplished and remember Who is walking with you on this journey.
    1736 days ago
    Sounds like the biggest obstacle has already been tackled just by your blog! Your Spark Community is here to pull you up, cheer you on and help you to keep going. Perhaps the "blues" you have been feeling is related to all of those things you mentioned. Good for you to 1) blog about it and 2) making a plan! Take each day just one step at time. My guess is next week you will have a new perspective. Enjoy your time with your friends, too!
    1737 days ago
    It is easy to have the wind taken out of your sails a few weeks after New Year. I myself can not stand the cold weather. But I do enjoy trying different workouts. I often do not feel like doing it but once I start I am glad I did. It lifts my spirits and puts me in a good mood. If you do not like to work out try different types of things you can do. I wii dance with my children, or zumba by myself, I do the elipitical and escape into listening to music for a pick me up. Life is wonderful and the sun will continue to shine as long as you look outside and stay connected to it.
    1737 days ago
    All I've wanted to do is sleep lately emoticon ! Just got to push through it and stay positive!
    1737 days ago
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