January isn’t usually seen as a favourite month of the year. The excitement and glittering Christmas trees of December have quietened down, and the days feel a little darker and duller without them.
However, rather than cold and boring, we like to think of January as one of the most inspirational times of the year. It’s the time when we’re all thinking about change, our plans, and what we’d like to achieve in the year ahead. With that in mind, here are five things you can do to get 2023 off to a great start.
1. Switch things up
Maybe you want to reinvent your wardrobe, redecorate your home, or even just stick to a good habit. Beginning a new year is like a mini-fresh start, and it’s the perfect time to think about what you want to change or to happen in 2023.
Even though they’re still a good way off, try planning your summer holidays to give you something to look forward to. Make a list of places or attractions you’d like to visit or set yourself a goal for learning a new skill or taking up a sport. Motivation at this time of year can be tough, but setting small goals and getting excited about what’s to come will help you stay on track.
2. Escape on a UK mini break
Travelling in January in the UK won’t give you the warmest temperatures. But it can be beneficial in other ways. We’d recommend packing one of our durable clear umbrellas and a solid pair of wellies for the journey! In January, many places will offer lower prices for accommodation and dining out, so it’s a great time to grab a deal. Winter travelling can also help you beat the usual summer crowds, so if you prefer a quieter getaway, now’s your chance to do so.
3. Get involved in a January challenge
January is home to both Dry January and Veganuary.
Veganuary is about inspiring people to discover vegan food. Over 620,000 people took part last year, and it’s not too late to get involved now. Even if you don’t stick to a vegan diet beyond January, it’s still a great way to help you learn more about recipes and techniques you may not have cooked with before.
Meanwhile, Dry January is simply going the month without drinking alcohol. For those with a fitness-related resolution, this is a great challenge to get involved with. And even for those without, Dry January can be a good way to detox your mind and body after the holidays.
4. Enjoy the indoors
After the excitement of the Christmas season, settling down with some easy-going activities can be just what you need to help you get back into your normal routine. And if the weather is against you, as it typically can be on your days off, it’s good to find ways to enjoy being stuck at home.
Savour the feeling of being wrapped in a soft blanket, pick a day to make a homemade warming meal, or spend an afternoon getting lost in your favourite book. Enjoying simple pleasures is a good way to practise mindfulness, which calms and lifts your mood on the dullest of days.
5. Explore the outdoors
After December, the chance of snowfall in the UK actually rises. And while it’s still rare, make sure to keep an eye on the weather for the first signs of snowflakes. It could be the start of snowy walks or thrilling sleigh rides. At this point, the darkest day in the UK has also already passed (December 21st), so while it seems like nicer weather is a long way off, the days are slowly getting lighter and longer again.
Spending time outdoors is essential to your mental well-being. It can increase your confidence, lift your mood, and lower the stress of returning to work. So, make sure to plan some walks out during January.
Getting back to your normal routine in January can be a challenge, but it’s also a great opportunity to add something new to it. Whatever you want to achieve, now is the time to focus on your well-being and make big plans for the year ahead.