January Blues…

Have the January Blues hit you? Are you coming down from the holiday high? Are credit cards bills mounting up? 

It’s a tough month, that’s for sure.  It’s actually universally acknowledged that January is the suckiest of all months, but I guess that depends on where you live, doesn’t it? 

For those living in the Southern Hemisphere, January probably isn’t too bad. The weather is hot, the nights are long, and the summer holidays are in full swing, so all is good, but for those living in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s not quite so cheery. 

Take the UK where I live. It’s dark at 4.30pm, it’s 2 degrees, raining and grey pretty much every day. 

With little or no sun exposed on our skin, it actually reduces our ability to syntheses vitamin D, a vitamin associated with healthy brain function.  It’s a fact that Vitamin D deficiency can contribute to making us feel low in January and the winter months. 

But enough of the doom and gloom, for January isn’t all that bad. 

If you’re a skier, then January offers some great skiing, be it in Europe or the USA.  For snow fanatics, there is nothing better than a clear, crisp day, surrounded by the snowy white beauty, or if your pleasure is more après ski (as is mine), then a warming drink watching the world go by is an absolute must. 

And then of course at the end of the month there is Burns Night to look forward to. 

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this, a Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), the author of many Scots poems.  

The night is generally a Black-Tie affair, with the running order being: 

  • Piping in the guests 
  • Chairman’s welcome 
  • The Selkirk Grace 
  • Piping in the haggis 
  • Address to the haggis 
  • Toast to the haggis 
  • The meal 
  • The drink 

If you haven’t had the pleasure of attending a Burns Night, I strongly recommend that you add it to your ‘must do’ list. 

January is also a month of all things new… start a new hobby, go to the gym, stop smoking, live a healthier life, try something you’ve never done before. 

So, January Blues, myth or reality – you choose. 

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