Anyone remember a March that wasn’t full of bad news? March 2020, Coronavirus was ramping up and we went in to lockdown. March 2021, we had high hopes for the return to normality, yet all we had was rain, troubling headlines and more mayhem. This year was closer to that return to normal, but there were yet more troubling headlines, Covid’s still kicking about, still causing mayhem and the weather isn’t much to celebrate.
After the last few years, we might be left wondering who is blinkin’ responsible for inviting the cursed month back this year?!
So we spoke to Life Coach, Grace McMahon, about how to cope with the mischievous month of March to help us get a grip on coping as we approach the easing of restrictions.
Is there anything scientific about March being a pain to get through?
“It really depends on just how suspicious we are, some might argue that March is a month of bad luck. This idea actually comes from the ‘Ides of March’ which has a history of bad luck, originally starting all the way back to Julius Caesar. Shakespeare went on to cement this for us, writing a play about the whole debacle laying importance on the line “beware of the ides of March” because on the 15th of March 44BC Julius Caesar was murdered. Since then a string of unfortunate events have occurred within the month which has continued the superstitious ruse - but whether we believe this or not, bad luck is not solely linked to March.”
So the month is what we make it, but after the past years we’re not feeling so grateful for its return. Is that normal?
“Although March sparks the beginning of spring, lighter mornings and evenings, brighter sunshine (around what feels like constant rain), and the hope of new beginnings on the horizon, we might still be struggling to find joy right now. Considering the mental load of the last year, and the pressures that have continued into this one, it’s totally normal to not be feeling full of new life! Take it easy, and maybe have a wishful-word with whoever runs the weather - could we have a little less rain and a bit more warmth in the air now please!”
And remember: of course there is still good news among the troubled month - but for those superstitious members of the family, we recommend keeping the mind busy to avoid dwelling on the bad stuff too much, but remember - all months have their bad moments, and we’ve got through so much already, which will help remind us that we can keep going!