Hooray it’s January! • Preston Guild City
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Diane Ogden of The Therapy Company shares her views on the month of January.

Hooray it’s January!

Heard that often? No, I doubt it. And it’s such as shame really as it’s the start of a new year, and the nights are genuinely getting lighter. So, why not celebrate?

January always appears as 'an anti-climax', 'so boring', 'nothing happening', 'spent up', 'the month to be dry'. Whatever it is about January, just take a few moments to step back and decide what it is you don’t like or maybe what you do actually like about it?

It’s true that the winter months can be a very distressing time for those who suffer from the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a form of depression that affects approximately 7 per cent of the British population, and it’s at its worst from December to February.

We do seem quite obsessed with the January Blues – there are probably numerous articles around at the moment in newspapers, magazines or in advertisements, which you could argue contribute to our obsession. I don’t however intend to give you the ‘top ten tips’ to deal with it, but to rather ask you to take some time to reflect on January, your expectations, plans and attitude to it.

If you think of it negatively, then perhaps that says something about your attitude about yourself and others. Are the other 11 months really so much more exciting? What is it that you don’t do in January that you would in other months? Maybe you just think negatively in January? Our thoughts are immensely powerful - what we think influences our behaviour, our feelings and our choices.

I’m not suggesting that you ignore any negative thoughts or feelings, just don’t ‘water’ them and allow them to flourish. Accept what you find difficult and create a way to enable yourself to feel as positive as you can. Maybe New Year’s resolutions help you, whether you stick to them or not, nothing is forever. Time is precious, rewarding and it surely flies… so fill yourself with the joy of a new year and enjoy the start of 2016.

In the words of Winston Churchill, remember, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

January really can be whatever you want it to be, it’s your choice!

Diane Ogden, The Therapy Company
01253 781999