The first few weeks of January can be difficult. After eating so much chocolate, possibly dealing with difficult relationships? dark days, cold and wet weather and maybe more alcohol than usual, we can feel sluggish and down in ourselves. Sometimes it feels impossible to gather up the necessary intent to establish amazing goals, socially set for new year. Maybe you’re still tired from 2023, especially if you suffered loss of any kind. We are still in Winter, and even though we are working hard and work doesn’t stop (modern day living) it’s good to remember that this time of year is naturally designed for us to rest when possible and build energy for the upcoming year.
Or maybe you feel great, exercising more and eating healthier, you’re ready to be more of the good YOU this year. Either way hopefully these pointers can support you in your mind set and actions. More than likely you are the same person as you were last month, so go easy on the expectations. Practice small successful consistent changes.
Write down or reflect on all you worked hard for in 2023. You probably achieved more than you remember, we wish you more than you can imagine for 2024!
In our next article following wellbeing through the year, we speak about how traditionally the 1st of February was celebrated as our start of spring and growth.
Happy new year on behalf of the Garda Occupational Health & Wellbeing Office.