Friday - - Editor’s Letter - Karen Pasquali Jones Editor kpasqual­i­jones@gulfnews.com

But in­stead of wor­ry­ing I looked in the MIR­ROR and chan­nelled my in­ner Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe. ‘You’re GOR­GEOUS,’ I said to my­self. It sounds crazy, but it’ll boost your CON­FI­DENCE, says king of self-help Paul McKenna

Ev­ery night is the same. I lie awake wor­ry­ing about the ever-in­creas­ing size of my waist­line as well as my to-do list. My inbox at work never gets any smaller and the only thing that calms the panic in my chest is know­ing that soon all this will be over. In fact I’m count­ing down the days to when I hope nor­mal­ity re­sumes. That’s be­cause I’m suf­fer­ing from a se­ri­ous case of Janxiety – the anx­i­ety that comes in Jan­uary when we’re try­ing to keep our New Year res­o­lu­tions.

We all vow to diet, ex­er­cise, spend more time with our chil­dren and on our­selves and our health as the clock turns mid­night at the be­gin­ning of the year. But fail­ing to dras­ti­cally al­ter my life­style (as I al­ways do!) can have psy­cho­log­i­cal reper­cus­sions. Ex­perts warn this re­cent phe­nom­e­non can trig­ger over­whelm­ing guilt, high blood pres­sure, low mo­ti­va­tion and ris­ing ten­sion.

Nor­mally, I’d turn to Face­book to take my mind off not go­ing to the gym and fin­ish­ing off the chil­dren’s sweets while they were at school, but now re­search has shown that the so­cial net­work can cause stress too. In a study of more than 1,000 peo­ple, half were asked to give up Face­book and re­ported back a week later that they were hap­pier, and didn’t feel as stressed or lonely as the other half.

So in­stead I looked in the mir­ror and chan­nelled my in­ner Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe. ‘You’re gor­geous,’ I breathed to my re­flec­tion. ‘You’re thin, smart and beau­ti­ful.’ It may sound crazy, but it’s the easy way to boost your con­fi­dence, ac­cord­ing to king of self-help and hyp­no­tist Paul McKenna. By pre­tend­ing to be our favourite idol we can be­come charis­matic, con­fi­dent and charm­ing, he says in our fea­ture on page 30.

In case you haven’t guessed, it’s our self-help is­sue, so check out more on how quit­ting Face­book can make you hap­pier on page 42 and our ex­clu­sive health re­port on Janxiety on page 36. And don’t for­get – Fe­bru­ary is just around the cor­ner! Un­til next week,

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