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Beating The January Blues

Posted on December 31, 2015 by Admin

There’s no denying it, we all get that post-Christmas feeling; the decorations are getting packed away, the tree is coming down, and the reality of those New Year resolutions is looming.

But it’s a New Year and a new day- it’s time to pick ourselves up and dust of the tinsel. We have been hunting for some great tips to kick of 2016 in a positive way and have created a list for you. Whether it’s taking up a new hobby, getting into a new routine, or just trying something wacky, there are plenty of ways to beat those January blues!

Spend some quality time with loved ones:

Whether you’ve been spending the festive period with family and friends or not, a great way to cheer yourself up in January is to be around the people you love. Why not get together and go for a long walk? Not only is this a great opportunity to socialise and spend some quality time with the important people in your life, it’s also a brilliant way to get some exercise.

Get creative and try something new:

Why not lift your spirits by trying something new? A challenge or even a little competition with a family member can be a lot of fun. Pick up a new instrument, learn to dance a certain style, or try your hand at a new sport- not only will this raise your spirits but you may even discover something you thoroughly enjoy!

A bit of ‘me’ time:

A lot of us can find the Christmas period relaxing but a lot of us can find it very stressful. With the presents to buy, the food to cook, and the cards to write, the calm of January can come as a relief. Spending some time alone can be just the ticket, whether it’s lounging around for a weekend without any plans, reading a good book for a few hours, or going for a long lonesome stroll.

The great outdoors:

Getting out in the fresh air, even in winter, is proven to be a great mood-booster for kids and adults alike. Avoid the hassle of the over-crowded gyms and packed exercise classes and take advantage or your local green spaces. Many local parks have free outdoor gym equipment, and even a walk in the woods will do you the world of good. Why not include the kids as well? High ropes courses or activity centres are a great idea for getting outside and getting active- a great kick start to the year.

Food for thought:

It happens every year- buying more food than we need for Christmas Day. You might think you can eat a delicious full English breakfast first thing, followed by a large roast dinner and snacks later on, but you’d be wrong. So, what better way to empty the cupboards than to use up the rest your Christmas food in creative recipes? Have a party, have a feast with your favourite person, or make a meal up as you go along.

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