It’s February and I don’t know about you, but I think it’s the most depressing month of them all. I mean, sure, there’s Valentine’s Day, but let’s be honest, this short and cold month is one of the worst. It’s when you realise how easily you gave up your New Year’s resolutions and the buzz from Christmas is finally, definitely, completely dead. It’s OK. We’ve got this. Here are five simple ways to make life better, and February so much more bearable:
1. Join a book club
Everyone says they should read more, but it can be difficult to get into the habit, especially if you’re glued to the internet all day! And no, that doesn’t count as reading.
Make a commitment and get friends to do the same; it’ll be easier to reach your goals if you’re working with others to achieve them. Plus, it’s a great way of making new friends or keeping connected with old ones, especially if you bring snacks and drinks to keep a fun atmosphere after everyone’s discussed the book, or admitted to not finishing it.
2. Eat more fruit and veg
Come on, fill that five a day quota! Setting yourself a simple goal like this is a great way to feel healthier without cutting anything out. It’s all about gradually improving your eating habits. It doesn’t have to be boring either, especially if you’re willing to be a bit daring and try new, exotic fruits you haven’t tried before. You may find a new favourite!
3. Give up smoking
Ok, we admit it, this can be the least fun option. No one’s denying that it’s tough to cut this particular vice. But there are lots of ways to help ease the journey – e-cigarettes can be a great alternative, and making the change with a friend can be both motivating and a way to bond. Improvements to your well-being will be dramatic, so it’s well worth the effort.
4. Get out of the city
Look, city life is great and all, but you can’t beat fresh air and beautiful views. Pack a lunch, grab those walking boots, and have an adventure! Hiking is a great way to discover new experiences and places, and one of the best ways of getting some exercise without feeling like you’re being punished for that extra slice of cake. Find out the best routes by digging around on rambler websites, or hop off at a remote looking bus stop and see where your journey takes you.
5. Get a hot water bottle
The humble hot water bottle does not get the attention it deserves. Is there anything better than snuggling under a blanket, hugging your hot water bottle and watching your favourite movie? No. Unless you add hot chocolate.
What are your tips to beat February blues? Have you made any small life improvements over the past two months?