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Tuesdays with MOJO / Blow those January Blues away

Marjorie Spitz RentoComment

Remember all of those things you said you’d tackle in January?   Well at the risk of stating the obvious, today is January 12th.  Yup time to get moving!

It’s easy to feel stuck and morose, with the holidays now behind us, bills rolling in, cold weather a reality, long dark days, and bloating associated with that December overindulging still alive and kicking.  If you’re feeling blue, you’re not alone! 

There’s literally a “January Blues” definition in the Urban Dictionary, which states:  “This is the funk that you enter when the holiday season is over. It starts on January 2nd and lasts at least until February 1st, sometimes until President's Day. It is an unpleasant time because the holiday season is over, spring is a ways off, the weather is cold and the only movies are lousy January moves.  Super Bowl Sunday can be a good cure for this condition.”

Hmmm, I’d like to note, the movies are pretty darn good right now (Star Wars!  The Big Short!).  The Super Bowl is no longer in January, so that is no cure!  Sigh.

When I Googled “January Blues” I was surprised to find over 64 million results pop up.  Honestly, when I decided to write about it, I didn’t even realize it was a big “thing.”  Clearly it is!  Even Teen Vogue published a “5 Ways to Beat the January Blues” article. 

Tips to combat the January Blues range from lying on the floor with your feet raised to boost your energy level, to planning a vacation to give you something to look forward to.

Also, this time of year with Vitamin D levels typically low, some suggest cooking meals rich in the “mood boosting” vitamin such as oily fish high in Omega 3s, portobello mushrooms and eggs.  Daily cod liver oil can also be helpful.  If none of those appeal to you, supplements will do the trick (just be sure to pick a brand you trust and that doesn’t have added ingredients like gluten, soy or other allergens). 

In addition, avoid foods with a high GI (Glycemic Index)  to avoid sugar crashes .  Look for foods with a GI less than 55 as they are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolized, causing a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and, therefore insulin levels.

One author suggests a January “reboot” month and I gravitate most toward that idea.  My personal tips are simple:

  • I reduce my alcohol intake – the red wine flows during the holidays and January a good time to take a break.
  • Keep exercise especially regular, even if it’s just 10 minutes (usually I’ll end up doing more once I get going).
  • Use the darkness as an excuse to go to bed earlier.  I cherish this one (except last night when my hubby and I watched his alma mater in the championship game.  No worries, tonight we’ll get back on the early schedule.  Remember, no one is perfect – the important thing is to not feel guilty, pat yourself on the back and get back on it). 
  • Nest and cuddle.   Cuddling is a great way to stay warm inside and out!  Whether it your significant other, pet or teddy bear!
  • Get some fresh air, especially if it’s sunny out (another way to boost vitamin D).  The cold can be refreshing!
  • And put those beauty rejuvenation products gathering dust to use.  In the past couple of weeks, I’ve done a hair conditioning treatment, body scrub, face moisturizing mask, each while sipping fresh made tea from my cupboard and diffusing some of my favorite essential oils.   All with items just sitting there waiting to be used  a great way simultaneously tackle clutter and reboot, and the men can get on it too!

In last week’s blog I talked about the impact of purging and suggested we make January annual “P.O.F. (Purifying Organizing Fit) and purge month and issued a de-clutter challenge.  Whether it is your mind or your physical space, if you haven’t started, do not fret – you’ve got time.  Start now!  After the excess of December, January is a great time to nest, hibernate and tackle those “to do” lists.

Once you organize just a few things, those blues will start to lift and your sense of accomplishment will soar.  Go ahead, blow those January Blues away. 

With Good Cheer,

Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™