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I am not my January thoughts

The air was still filled with the smoke from the fireworks when social media, magazines, TV, you name it, started to shout to GO TO THE GYM, BECOME A NEW YOU, DO A POST-CHRISTMAS DETOX, GO VEGAN, RUN EVERY DAY, GIVE UP SUGAR/COFFEE/ALCOHOL!

Horrible, horrible, New Year’s noise. Who needs this kind of pressure and guilt-tripping when we’re all a little bit bloated and hung over and light-deprived? Who? I definitely don’t want do #veganjanuary or #dryjanuary. January is bad enough already.

January is about survival. The struggle with dark thoughts at this time of the year is real for me and now is not the time to beat myself up over the fact that it is. I have been around the block a few times by now and done a few Januaries –  I know that this will pass eventually.

Until it does, I have to keep reminding myself to do the things that I know are good for me, even though my January thoughts and feelings are telling me to hide and hibernate and definitely not look people in the eye or engage in chit chat.

I keep exercising

I’m still running and going to Crossfit even though mind isn’t in a go-get-them-gainz mode and my body is sloooooow. On more than one occasion last week I’d finish a Crossfit workout, go outside to gasp for air and think “Geezus, I do THIS on a regular basis and I’m still fat!”

This too shall pass.

I keep eating my veg

The last thing I want to do when it’s miserable outside is eat heaps of cold vegetables. At the same time I lack the energy to roast them so to make sure that I still get my 5-a-day, I either chuck a bunch of spinach into a smoothie or drink a greens powder every day. I’ll eat vegetables properly again once it’s not January anymore. Until then – shortcuts.

I keep reading and listening to podcasts

Books and podcasts are amazing. They take your mind off to other places, they turn off that constant dialogue/debate/tantrum/pacifying/panicking that goes on in my brain.

I keep writing

Last week I was just going to publish the title of this blog post and nothing else. But then all of a sudden on Sunday night I felt a little lighter again and I wrote some words. Writing is good for me, whether it’s here or on social media. It tells my brain Jekyll that Hyde is not in charge. I know that I know who I am, and right now I know that it’s just January that’s telling me I’m fat and old and ugly and slow and weak and a bad person. It makes me feel yet a little bit more lighter when others respond and relate to my rambling or my tweets 🙂

I keep believing in spring

At the end of the day I keep repeating to myself to not believe everything I think right now and that I am not my January thoughts.

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    mind matter project
    April 26, 2018 at 12:13 pm


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    Leo Tat
    January 24, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    January is when I see the gym car park fuller than usual. Its probably because of the New Year’s resolution to become healthier and fitter. It then gradually returns to normal by February as many give up. It’s better to make smaller commitments that can be maintained.

    I remember a story about a person who was not able to maintain a daily run. He was advised not to commit to running but to commit daily to getting changed, putting on the running shoes and walking out of the door. He is allowed to immediately walk back into the house without running. However, he didn’t walk back into the house but did his run daily.

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    Anna @AnnaTheApple
    January 16, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Here here. One month is going to do nothing except make people feel worse and/or crave the things they’re banning. I think post-Christmas people just need to go back to normal. Enjoy Christmas for what it is – all the food and fun – but then just go back to normal afterwards and things will sort themselves out.
    Life is too short to sweat the small stuff – just keep doing the stuff that makes you a) feel good and b) you enjoy.

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