Christmas, New Year and 2017 is well and truly over and this can leave us feeling a little blue, but it is also a brand-new year, rife with exciting opportunities. This month, beat Blue Monday by trying these simple, inexpensive tips that are bound to bring a little sunshine into your January.
The countryside can do wonders for your mental and physical health. Taking a stroll through your local park, nature reserve or even driving to a National Trust site can make you feel restored and revitalised. A study by the Countryside Recreation Network found that green exercise improved both mood and self-esteem, so if you want to beat the blues, head outdoors!
There are plenty of beautiful places to discover in the UK, such as Welcombe Hills. This beautiful nature park provides spectacular views of Stratford-Upon-Avon and is, unless you’re lucky enough to live in Stratford yourself, only situated one minute away from Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe.
Escape for a weekend
Escape your hustle and bustle by making a getaway. Booking a mini trip away will alleviate the stress of everyday life and allow you to refocus. We know January can be a tight month – Christmas and New Year have left us waiting for the next pay cheque, meaning holidays abroad are off the cards – but a mini trip might be more affordable.
A weekend away in the UK can be just as lovely, costing very little yet still providing you with that quality time you need. Why not book a spa stay in Hallmark Hotels Bournemouth East Cliff? Its coastal views, large spa and spacious rooms will have you feeling relaxed in no time.
Clear out the junk
One of the most tried and tested ways to get ready for the New Year is to have a good clear-out. Organising, decluttering and cleaning are great ways to get clear your house and your mind. A study conducted by the Indiana University Department of Physical Activity found that cleaning helped participants lose weight, in turn improving their mood and mental health. This means you’ll be able to tick off your New Year resolution to exercise more as well as making your home look spick-and-span. Start by donating those unworn clothes to charity and cleaning the skirting boards, after all a tidy home is a tidy mind.
Hit the gym
Exercise releases endorphins which make you happy, so hitting the gym or doing a home workout is a great way to banish the blues. Not only is exercise good for you, it is also one of many people’s New Year resolutions. By making a start on your resolutions you’ll feel a sense of achievement, improving your motivation and happiness, preparing you for whatever 2018 has to throw at you.
You can stick to your good intentions at one of Hallmark Hotels’ fully equipped gyms, waiting ready for you to use. Hallmark Hotel Gloucester has a popular health club which you can trial for just £9.99 so get down and work out!
Plan your year
Planning for the year ahead will help you get excited about your 2018. Grab your diary and start filling in all the amazing things you have planned. They don’t have to be expensive holidays, coffee with a friend or a dog walk with your partner will help you visualise your month and make you feel positive the year ahead.
If your diary is looking a little sparse, try booking a weekend away somewhere new. Take a trip to the rugged and unspoilt Scottish coastline; it’s a lovely place to escape the busy city life. Whilst you’re there check into Hallmark Hotel Aberdeen Airport for a truly stress-free weekend.