This month we’ll be looking at ways you can turn January's reputation on its head and dispel the myth of 'Blue Monday'. We'll also find out how we can create, maintain and sustain momentum with our goals for 2022 as the month progresses. The New Year is also a great time to kick off a workplace wellbeing programme, so if you would like help with ensuring your employees can focus on wellbeing this year, then contact us today to discuss how we can become part of this journey. Happy New Year! Live How January can become your new favourite month It's the most wonderful time of the year... and then it's January. But there are so many reasons to fully embrace this month, which really doesn't deserve the bad press that it so often receives! The festive season is over. You can breathe, and get some 'me time' back. All the travelling and overwhelming family chaos has ended, and you are once again free to resume your regular, beautifully simple wellbeing routine. We actually need to embrace the slower, more natural pace that this month brings. As the pace of life slows, we can also enjoy life's simple pleasures more mindfully, and take the extra time to check in and re-connect with one another. So do find the time to share some kindness with your colleagues, especially those who might be struggling through the winter. You can download this 'Kindness Matters' guide to find out more, and learn how to embrace the gifts of winter with these 6 Mindfulness Exercises, which can help to sharpen our focus, performance and ability to thrive. Learn Why 'Blue Monday' is a myth The third Monday in January, or 'Blue Monday' is thought to be the most depressing day of the year. Spoiler: it isn’t. We should certainly use our awareness to start conversations and agree to look after our mental health - but this should always be on our own terms, and we should be mindful of any commercial influences. Blue Monday is actually a PR stunt that was originally dreamed up in order to sell holidays, and there is in fact evidence to suggest that it can be a self-fulfilling prophecy, so has negative impact on our wellbeing and productivity. It is not necessarily conductive to try and identify what the most depressing day of the year is because there are too many differentiating factors, unique for each one of us. Let's not just focus on January 17th or the 'January blues', which may - but indeed may not, actually exist at all. There are key changes that we can all make to protect our mental health year-round, and also several ways that we can reach out to someone we feel might be struggling at any time of the year. Play Sustaining progress with momentum At the start of a new year, we tend to go hard into our goals. But the reality is that life can get in the way and we are then forced to choose - so we forget our objectives in the process. The key to success, however is momentum. Creating momentum is the exciting part. When first start, we see results and experience a rush of dopamine. This will carry most people through the first week of the month. Maintaining momentum is the hard part. We see the initial progress, then it stalls - often due to the 'novelty value' wearing off, or simple fatigue. Sustaining Momentum is key: If we can manage to work through our fatigue and momentum gets maintained through consistent work, the real results start coming. Once we have managed to sustain momentum, we are likely to keep it up, and make our new habits stick. During this process, try to remember that progress is not linear - so don't let your perceived 'failures' halt your progress altogether. The 5 Whys Technique is one of the best ways to help you maintain momentum and focus on your reason 'why'. If you need some extra support, here are 10 apps that can help you keep your 2022 resolutions on track. Good luck! Pause Our Book of the Month is 'Breath - the New Science of a Lost Art', by James Nestor Now that we all have a little more breathing space, this book feels like an obvious choice for the month of January. Breathing through our noses, not our mouths, can transform our health for the better, according to self-styled 'pulmonaut' James Nestor, in this fascinating book. Most of us breathe through our mouths most of the time, and it's actually really, really bad for us. We were designed to breath through our nostrils, and our failure to do so - 90 per cent of us, he says, are 'mouthbreathers', has resulted in an epidemic of poor health. As a result of his extensive research, James Nester is now on a mission to help us all breathe better, to enhance our daily lives and wellbeing through simple changes. We hope that this book challenges your way of thinking - and breathing - and that you enjoy it!
There is a wonderful feeling of renewal at the end of one year and the beginning of the next - we certainly have more experience and resilience than we had at this time last year, and perhaps this gives us the opportunity to give more focus and support to others throughout the year to come. It's also a great chance to get the next 12 months off to the best-possible start. If you'd like to find our how The Performance Club can work with your organisation to enhance wellbeing and productivity in 2022 then please get in touch with our friendly team. We can tailor training and coaching packages to meet your individual needs with a unique emphasis on performance. Wishing you a truly fantastic year ahead and I leave you with some words of wisdom from the late Archbishop Tutu, a brave leader and profound thinker - 'Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.'
Kind regards, Stacy Thomson Founder of The Performance Club sent on behalf of all of the team