It is officially freezing cold up North, naturally at this time of year. When your alarm goes off and you have to get out of bed it can seem a bit daunting, especially when you’re stepping out into the cold air from your lovely warm bed.
It’s true, January has been labelled one of the hardest months of the year. Christmas has gone, New Years is over, and everyone is back to work. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that this month has to drag. We are determined to make the most of it.
Whilst it’s too cold to walk outside, it is your perfect excuse to sit tight, tuck in and snuggle up with your family or friends and enjoy the warmth. Or, if you’re fully motivated to ‘get fit’, then head to the gym with a friend – just to make sure that you don’t bail (yes, we have all been there and have done that so there is no shame in admitting it!).
There are multiple things that you can do in January that will help to lift your mood, whether this involves relaxing or pumping some iron. So say goodbye to drab January, and say hello to dreamy January!
Is your popcorn at the ready?
Film nights, who doesn’t enjoy them? And if you have one every Friday then it is essentially equivalent to a cinema trip. It’s also a great way to socialise in a fun, cost-effective way.
So call your girls, call your guys, and sit on the sofa. Grab a blanket or a throw and pass over the popcorn – or crisps… or both! – and put on a fun loving film. Blissful.
The classic New Year’s resolution? Getting fit.
A great way to feel less sluggish at this time of year is to get your blood pumping, arms shaking and legs moving. Exercise releases endorphins so, naturally, you feel better post-workout. Also a healthier option than a ‘quick-fix’ sugar hit. Fabulous.
So, this year, we challenge you to sign up to try something new which is fitness related. Whether this is a gym class, spinning, salsa dancing, you name it – just get yourself out and moving! You’ve got this.
Swish, Pop, Ahh.
The sounds that surround a bubble bath are comforting aren’t they? And so is having a bath. More time consuming but ten times more relaxing than a shower.
Unwinding and de-stressing is important after a long day and, when the days are darker for longer, tension feels higher. So, we find that a bath helps us out a lot during these days.
So select a Podcast, or hit play on your Playlist, and breathe in the tranquillity.
Yoga is a thing. A good thing.
Last year there was a growing trend in Yoga videos featuring on Instagram and YouTube. They were everywhere, and we loved it! Yoga has multiple health benefits, both physically and mentally.
Yoga allows yourself to escape the everyday stresses by focusing on your breath, and stretch to release any tension built up throughout the day.
With workouts which can last between 10-30 minutes, you can easily incorporate it into your routine, both in the morning or at night.
A new hobby doesn’t hurt.
New Years is often a time for reminiscing, and quite often we look back at years gone by at ‘the good times’. But we can easily forget that the current times can also be good times.
If you find yourself looking back and thinking ‘ohh, I used to love drawing’, or ‘I have always wanted to go there!’ then do it. Just this time period in January where the world is still half asleep, and maybe still recovering from the madness around NYE, to research and book activities.
Try an art class. Explore some stately homes. Visit some museum exhibitions. Book a weekend away… Have some fun!