Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Today is NOT the worst day of the year!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a good break and are not too depressed about returning to work today.

For those of you living in the UK (and other northern hemisphere countries), you may be surprised to know that today, the first working day of the new year, is NOT the worst day of the year. According to an article in the Daily Telegraph, the worst day of the year is yet to come:

An expert in winter disorders first identified January as the most stressful month. Now Cliff Arnall, a health psychologist at Cardiff University, has devised a formula to work out the worst day of the year and has come up with Jan 23 for 2006.

His calculation is based on the poorest weather, debts owed for seasonal spending, the time since Christmas, the period of time before you abandon New Year's resolutions, the dates when motivation levels seems to be at their lowest and the timing for the need for action to escape the blues.

So, how many of those New Year’s resolutions have you abandoned already? And how much weight have you put on?


Blogger rhino75 said...

Happy New Year!!!! I didn't make any resolutions on the basis that, although I didn't make any last year, I still gave up the fags (11 months now), changed jobs and did other "resolution-type" stuff, so I obviously work better in a "losser" framework... :))

9:47 am  
Blogger rhino75 said...

ooh I meant "looser"

9:48 am  
Blogger Rob7534 said...

Hee hee Rhino.

Happy New Year to you Nomad! Hopefully I'll still be in a cheery mood on Jan 23rd!

9:56 am  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

You silly tosser! :-)

I vaguely thought of giving up the fags but tossed that thought away although it may yet resurrect itself. Did you go 'cold turkey' or use some sort of assistance to give up?

I haven't made any resolutions but, if I can be arsed, I ought to set out a few goals for myself.

9:57 am  
Blogger rhino75 said...

To be honest, I never really intended to stop, it just happened when I had flu' and took me completely by surprise. I was a pretty heavy smoker (20+ a day) but I haven't really been tempted to restart, which is even weirder as virtually all my "nearest and dearest" smoke. Still, if you ask me, non-smoking is not all it's cracked up to be, I haven't really noticed any benefits!

10:51 am  
Blogger Frog with a Blog said...

Not noticed any benefits! Rhino!!! come on, you used to get a cold all the time! and now you are as healthy as hell! As far as I'm concerned, I haven't really started to stick to my resolutions yet, I usually start in March, so I'm fine.
On thing is certain though is that smokers are way cooler than others, you may disagree with that, but that's a FACT! we have more fun, we are more sociable and since we die young, we try to seize the day as much as possible! (sorry gotta stop here due to uncontrollable cough attack). Happy new year Nomad!

4:55 pm  
Blogger jjd said...

hrmph! Today marks 1 year that I've not smoked a fag. Tempted? Occassionally. At worst, I'll take a puff off a cigar.

I resolved years ago to never make another new years resolution and have been smashingly successful in keeping it.

Glad the worst day is yet to come, something to look forward to conquering!

5:47 pm  
Anonymous Alan said...

The worst is still to come - shit ! Odd to see the worst day is so far into Jan when most suicides happen at the last week of Xmas. Has to be a bad week to kill ones self. Although still a smoker I have vowed to cut down (20 a day to less than 5) and plan not to be on my own for my 30th birthday.

6:05 pm  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

The worst day of the year in the UK, right? Phewwww...

I was informed today that 'buy computer cable' and 'edit manuscript' are not resolutions, they are a 'to do' list.

6:08 pm  
Blogger andrea said...

So glad to read that the worst day of the year is not my birthday! As for me, I actually lost weight this Christmas. Ain't stress great?

5:10 am  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

alan: just stop smoking altogether, that has to be easier. or, maybe not.

guyana-gyal: depending on how long said manuscript has lain around un-edited, 'edit manuscript' could be viewd as a resolution. now make sure you get it done soon!

andrea: was your birthday yesterday? Many happy returns!

7:57 am  
Anonymous Alan said...

If you stop smoking I will too. I have done it before but never with the support of a fellow quitter. So are you up for it ?

1:49 pm  
Blogger JP said...

Don't give up smoking; that would be too dull and I need people to fall back on when I want a fag!

2:50 pm  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Said manuscript hasn't been lying around long. I think this is 2nd or 3rd re-edit. It's visited publishers, a lit. critic...that's why the 3rd re-write.

10:51 am  

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