Aim for high marks in 2018 - beat the Jan blues
Beating the January blues on 'Blue Monday 2018' and beyond
Blue Monday (apparently the most depressing day of the year) has now been and gone. If you didn't already know, it fell on the 15th of January this year - but as we all know January is a long long month and Christmas may seem like a faint memory; you’re probably feeling a little less cheerful. You may still be feeling tired after all the partying, drinking, and obligatory appearances and gatherings. As soon as the clock strikes twelve on New Years Eve, you really don’t have much time left to rest before you get back to your students or school responsibilities. It’s this melancholic feeling that's believed to be at its peak on Blue Monday.
It's not rocket science
There’s no scientific explanation why Blue Monday is designated as the day when most people are feeling most down in the dumps. It's based on a formula that was published back in 2005 and its subsequent revisions did not even make sense from a mathematical point of view. According to the formula, the so called sadness that most people feel on Blue Monday is the combination of: bad weather, debt, waiting for the monthly salary, the time since Christmas and time since failing your new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels, and the feeling of a need to take action. But do you know what? Blue Monday is in fact nonsense as it was dreamt up by a marketing firm on behalf of a travel company.
Granted, half way through January is not most people's favourite time in the calendar. It’s cold and gloomy, you’ve just maxed out your credit cards buying your Christmas gifts, and your next paycheck is not enough to pay for all the holiday (over) spending. It seems like it was just yesterday when you were happily celebrating Christmas with family. Now, you’re mulling over your New Year’s resolutions, when you've not even made considerable headway towards the previous year’s resolutions. You know you need to take action, but you just can’t figure out what to do. You have to stay positive!
Kicking the January blues
Before you get even more downhearted, you must realise that you’re more than capable of kicking the January blues.
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass it's about learning to dance in the rain." - Vivian Greene
You don’t necessarily have to condition yourself to feel at your lowest as soon as Blue Monday hits. Here’s a few things that you can do to feel better, be more positive, and stay motivated, whether you're going back to your normal classroom or looking for a new teaching post:
1. Breathe deeply
You don’t need a week to take bit of a breather. You only need a few minutes to calm your mind and body and clear away negative thoughts. Find a quiet place where you'll not be disturbed for at least 3 minutes. Close your eyes and turn your attention to your breathing. Be conscious of how every breath flows inside you with each deep inhalation. Let all the blues go when you slowly exhale. You’ll feel better afterwards.
2. Get up and go
Don’t wallow in bed under the covers or in a corner at the teacher’s lounge. You have to get moving to accomplish your goals and fulfil your New Year’s resolutions. Step out of the house or school building to get a whiff of fresh air. Do something that you enjoy doing, take care of an errand, follow a job lead. This way, you'll become more productive and you’re likely to feel a sense of accomplishment when you complete the tasks.
3. Look forward
Stop thinking about what’s not and start thinking of what you can do today to prepare for the future. Look forward to this new year, new you, and new opportunities. No matter how low you feel your situation is when you are dealing with January blues, remember that there are many more months for you to make things better in 2018.
Instead of worrying, have a more positive perspective. See January as the first page of this chapter of your life. You just turned a leaf and there’s a whole lot more in store for you. It’s not a time to be down. Rather, it’s a time to be grateful for the chance to have been with family and friends during the holidays, to be more motivated and determined to reach your new goals, and to enjoy life more than ever for the rest of the year.
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Flourish Education exhibited at the Birmingham City University Education and Teaching Fair on Friday 13th February 2018. The event ran from 10.30am until 2.30pm and was held in Baker Hall and Baker Conference Room – both situated on the Ground Floor of Baker Building at Birmingham City University, City North Campus.
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