Your Free Printable January Calendar
It’s the start of a new year, and what better way to get organized than to print out a free January Calendar to keep you on track. You can use this to write down your appointments, track your New Year’s resolutions, or just hang on your fridge so you always know what day it is.
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As usual, I’m listing the general dates to take note of in January that you might be able to springboard off of to work on your mental health this month. While there aren’t really many specific mental health dates, the whole month has been designated mental wellness month, and there are lots of days that you can tie in to your mental health.
Mental Health Dates
First, here are the dates in January that are specifically related to mental health. Mental Wellness Month is a public health campaign that was started by the International Association of Insurance professionals (IAIP).
The goal of this awareness campaign is to show that everyone should be working on their mental wellness regardless of whether they live with mental illness. This is a concept I fully support! It’s so much better to be on top of your mental wellness to prevent issues from developing. It’s kind of like going to the gym for your mind.
This month also highlights “No Name-Calling Week,” which was organized by K-12 teachers and students to end bullying and name calling in schools. It was inspired by the novel “The Misfits” by James Howe, about students who run for student council using a “No Name-Calling platform” after being bullied.
Other Dates to Note
What other dates of note are there in January? Here’s a list to consider. In the section below, I go into some ideas on how you can use these as a jumping off point to promote your own mental wellness in January.
- January 1 – New Year’s Day
- January 2 – World Introvert Day
- January 3 – Humiliation Day
- January 6 – Cuddle Up Day
- January 8 – Bubble Bath Day
- January 10 – Peculiar People Day
- January 21 – National Hugging Day
- January 24 – Compliment Day
New Year’s Day
Of course, the most obvious thing to do on New Year’s Day is to set some resolutions related to your mental wellness and/or social anxiety. Just be sure to choose something realistic that you aren’t going to drop halfway through the month. Better yet, set some goals for the year, or even the next 90 days, and then work backwards to create monthly, weekly, and daily tasks that will move you to where you want to be by the end of the year.
No, this is not a day to be humiliated or humiliate others. Instead, it’s a day for everyone to be aware of how their actions affect other people. A good way to approach this day is to be aware of how you might have been affected in the past by bullying or hurtful remarks.
Take a moment to acknowledge that other people’s words and opinions, as harsh as they may be, do not need to keep having an affect on you. You are free to let them go and move on with your life.
Cuddle Up Day & National Hugging Day
We know that cuddling and hugging helps you to release the hormone oxytocin, which creates a feeling of connection with other people. If you have someone to hug today, make sure you do it. And if you don’t have anyone to hug, you could hug your pet—or get your hands on some oxytocin nasal spray that creates the same feeling as the natural hormone.
Bubble Bath Day
This is pretty self-explanatory: take a bubble bath on this day! If you want to make it extra relaxing, add some lavendar essential oil to the water. Lavendar has been shown to be effective in reducing anxiety, so it’s the perfect scent to create that relaxing environment that you want.
Peculiar People Day
This one sounds strange, but it’s a day to celebrate all the peculiar people in your life (even if one of them is you). This day makes me think of the character “Mr. Heckles” from the show friends. He was the crotchety old downstairs neighbor of Monica and Rachel who was a bit of a pest, but who ended up leaving all of his things to Monica and Rachel when he passed away. You never know what might be going on with the peculiar people in your life, so don’t write them off so quickly.
Take the time to compliment someone today! Everyone loves a sincere compliment. I make a point of giving a compliment as soon as I notice something that I like. It’s a really easy way to show your appreciation. Compliments also don’t have to be about things; they can be about how people make you feel.