This article was written for “QUINTET,” our Parish magazine, requesting submissions on the theme of January Blues
Sowing the Seeds of Recovery
by John Yeo
Uplifting Christmas carols and music. Sparkling, colourful lights have now been replaced with the shock of the after-effects, and the cold gray winter weather of January.
A moment of taking stock, counting the cost of the revels that have gone before.
This time of the year can be a lonely time after the celebrations are over and the family have all left and gone their separate ways
We plan to visit several people, neighbours, and friends who we know will appreciate a chat and a few moments of company. A cheery word in the right ear can bring magic to a sufferer of January blues.
For some, January is a time of reflection on the past year, with high hopes for the future We feel the lowness of mood, that follows the high Christmas cheer, of the celebrations with friends and neighbours.
January is a month of gloomy darkness.
Cold, dreary weather, when the blue of the skies is obscured by gray cloud, midwinter frosts, and freezing temperatures.
There is a recognized uneasy mood affected disorder around, known as seasonal affective disorder or SAD for short. Light therapy is a way this disorder is treated by exposure to artificial light.
Perhaps another way to combat SAD is to bask in the benefit of the light that the enlightenment of the epiphany has revealed, by the special relaxed calmness that can be obtained through prayer and having faith that the future is a mystery that has yet to be solved.
Another way to chase the blues away is by planning a holiday, this is one of the most popular ways to combat the January blues. Just seeing piles of brochures with photographs of beautiful blue skies, and impressive surf with waves pounding into some golden sands is certain to lift the most downtrodden spirits.
Sadly the alluring TV adverts and seductive brochures, that drop through many of our letterboxes, can actually contribute to a deep feeling of depression, especially when some of us will never have the financial means or health to take advantage of them.
Again this is a time to be considerate and cautious, with the sure knowledge that things can improve with the reaching out of a warm connecting smile.
As a gardener and an avid grow-your-own enthusiast on my allotment. Easily the most satisfying, rewarding and entertaining way to spend those long January evenings, is with an enormous pile of seed catalogues and brochures; planning the growing year in advance. I can picture myself in the Spring, sowing tiny minuscule seeds, taking care of the seedlings to promote growth. I can close my eyes and picture an array of wonderful flowers in full bloom. I can picture fresh wholesome tasty vegetables that will bring a smile of satisfaction to my face with the sheer joy of accomplishment.
The January blues will swiftly become a faint memory as I look into the gardening future.
“Cheer up my friend Spring will certainly arrive. How are you today?”
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