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January can often be a month of renewal; setting new goals for the year ahead and hitting reset on all the bad habits you’ve picked up in the previous 12 months.
However, it can be a tough month to get motivated and it’s probably fair to say that we’ve all had our fair share of the winter blues at some point in the past.
As we’re less than a month into the new year – it’s not too late to set your own goals, however small, for the year ahead. Check out our 5 tips to help avoid the winter blues:
Plan your next break
Christmas is over, so why not plan for your next big holiday? Summer will be upon us in a few months, start planning that trip to East Asia you’ve been dreaming of, or take a trip to see a friend in Australia or the US? Start your saving and plan for the trip of a lifetime.
Can’t wait that long? Why not book a winter break in the slopes? If skiing/snowboarding isn’t your thing, why not try a European city break? It’s up to you!
Take up a hobby
Take up something new that will challenge you, but you can enjoy. Children can occupy themselves for hours at a time playing, but as adults we forget how to have fun with the burdens and responsibilities of day to day living.
It’s sometimes nice to do something that doesn’t have any purpose. Why not take up painting, yoga or even an instrument? Challenge yourself – try something new for 30 days and see how it goes. If you love it, keep going – if not, start again with something else!
Treat yourself to a new look
Get yourself to the salon, get the hair cut you’ve always wanted. Change things up! Even get your nails done and your eyebrows threaded to ease yourself into the new year. Why not hit the town and get a new outfit?
Join the gym
Get the endorphins flowing and feel good about yourself by joining the gym. If you’re already a member, then why not take up a new class? Even a change in routine can set you up for a better day, and give you something to look forward to recreationally.
If the gym isn’t for you, remember that the best gym can sometimes be the great outdoors. Start running, cycling or walking a few times a week – it can really help clear your head and reverse the effects of any Christmas over-indulgence.
Take time to speak to people
With an ever-growing dependency on mobile phones and social media to communicate with each other, we sometimes forget how nice it is to catch up with friends and family over a cup of tea or coffee.
Next time you have an evening or weekend free, get in touch with a few friends and head to your favourite coffee spot. Tell them all about that holiday your planning, your new hobby or the gym you’ve just joined – they’ll have lots to tell you as well about what they got up to over Christmas.
Whether it’s the dark evenings or cold weather, it’s easy to make excuses in January to not go out and meet up with your friends. Next time, make an excuse to go and see them instead, throw your new Christmas coat on and go and enjoy yourself for a few hours.
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