It's at this time of year when the weather is normally at its worse when all the Christmas decorations have come down and the excitement of the festive activities have finished that the January blues begin to kick in. Here are some ideas to help shift the mood.
Plan a move
If you are thinking about moving home this year, then January is a great time of year to start preparing your house for moving, if you would like some advice on the best ways of adding value to your home, then why not pop into your local branch of Intercounty or give us a call on 0844 8111090
Do some charity work
If you are currently out of work and need to update your CV then try and do some charity work, this is a great way of giving whilst updating our skills.
Clear out your house and sell unwanted items from your home
Clearing out your home is a great way of cleansing and will also enable you to sell any items you no longer want or need. You could even plan a garage sale for spring.
Get a new hairstyle
This is a great way to cheer up January - as long as it turns out how you would like it to!
Plan some entertainment
You could plan with your friends to host a 'Come dine with me' type event where you get together with 4 groups of friends and host a dinner with entertainment for a month. Each couple could add £25 to an envelope and the couple with the most amount of money can treat themselves to a meal out.
Or you could arrange a girls/guys night in or out.
Book a holiday
There are some great deals around at this time of year if you book your summer or next winter holiday in January, it will also give you something to plan for and think about during January and February.
If you don't have enough money to go on holiday this year then you could consider doing a house swap, where you swap homes and cars for your holiday duration. The best way to do this is to join a trusted site on line such as Home Exchange or Love Swap.
Revamp your home
Change the colour of your walls or soft furnishings; it will give you and your home a real lift, which in turn will make you feel better about being stuck inside.
Starting a new hobby is a great way to start the new year, as it will give you something else to think about, there are all types of hobby shops appearing in our high streets across the UK offering courses from learning foreign language to creating soft furnishings. There are some great resources on Channel 4's website as well, on how to etc, if you would prefer to start a new hobby in the comfort of your own home.