Team JBC are back to business feeling fully refreshed, revitalised and ready for the exciting year ahead but we know that not everyone may be filled with the same joyful bounce and tingle of excitement on returning back to work. In fact, most of the population find January miserable so if you happen to be feeling less than joyful, take heart you are by no means alone. Here are top tips for surviving the January humps:Give Resolutions a kick
January. The first month of a new year and great time to make a fresh start right? Wrong (and don't we all know it!). Making those life changing resolutions in January is quite possibly the worst time of year to make plans for lasting change. Its cold, wet, grey and whilst the chimes at midnight on 31st December may psychologically signal a new beginning, physiologically our bodies are still firmly in hibernation mode seeking warmth and comfort!
If you are planning to quit smoking, take more exercise, change your diet or reduce your alcohol intake, attempting to do it all now will have you giving up within a week creating a a deeper sense of doom, gloom and failure. Save the big changes for the spring or summer when our bodies are craving more daylight, lighter foods and a more active lifestyle. Instead, make January a time for taking care of yourself and not giving yourself a hard time. Do what you love, with people you love (and give yourself permission to enjoy the odd slab of chocolate cake or indulge in a glass of wine guilt free). The rest can wait until Spring!.
Give something back
January can have us all feeling a little lacking in direction but feeling the distinct need to take action in some form or another. Putting your energies into helping make even a small difference is a great way to kick off the new year. Our personal choice this year is continuing our support for JoinFITE which creates real and lasting change for women around the globe. Make a direct loan or redeem your Dermalogica product codes found on your 5 specially designated products (Dermalogica daily microfoliant, Dermalogica Intensive Eye Repair, Dermalogica Precleanse, Dermalogica skin hydrating booster and Dermalogica total eye care).
If you plan to quit, hold fire
The festive period gives us all time to rest and inevitably reflect on the past year and for many, the result is the decision to hand in your notice as soon as your feet are back under the desk! Don’t do it, at least not just yet. Research shows that January is the most difficult time to be changing job roles so instead of plunging feet first into the unknown, set fixed and achievable goals for next three months and work towards a well planned and better timed job change. In the meantime, look at why you want to change roles, are you feeling over worked, stressed and unfulfilled or is it simply a case of needed a greater challenge? If it’s the latter, talk to your boss and see what changes to your role may be possible to challenge and stimulate you further, making you happier, healthier and more productive.
Give yourself permission to be miserable occasionally
It’s OK to feel miserable once in awhile, it reminds us that there is a whole range of human emotions, changing minute by minute and which allows us time for reflection, thought and reassessment. And besides, feeling miserable is only temporary so don’t fight against it, acknowledge it and be kind to yourself, misery will soon manage to find it’s way quickly back to a more smiley place with a little gentle persuasion!