January has a reputation for being a bit of a dark and gloomy wasteland of a month. Everyone’s pinching pennies after an expensive holiday season, it’s dark for most of the day and bitterly cold to boot. Add that to the fact that everyone’s New Year Goals means they’re probably on a diet and have been to a particularly gruelling spin class that’s put them in a mood too. So it’s likely your plans for January are no more exciting than a few gym sessions and nights in, and that’s all well and good, but there are a few other things you could be doing in January to bring a little bit more joy back in, and not break the bank.
Join your local library. I feel like libraries have been kinda forgotten, but I LOVE mine. Not only is it good for the obvious reasons, an unlimited supply of free books is no joke, but it’s a great place to go sit and devote some quality time to a passion project or creative pursuit. I like to block out a couple of hours a week to go sit with my flask of tea in our local library (a short ten minute walk from our place) and write. And you know, pick up another handful of books to read.
Host your gal pals for a potluck dinner. Trying to eat out less and eat healthier doesn’t mean mealtimes can’t be a social affair. Instead of meeting your friends at the latest burger joint, why not invite everyone round and ask everyone to bring a plate. It doesn’t have to be fancy, and it can certainly be healthy. Great dishes to start with are soups, a root veg and kale salad, and one pot chicken dishes. Grab some sparkling water and fruit to serve in gin goblets and pretend you’re sipping cocktails!
Take part in the 30 day yoga challenge. You know me, I’m a yoga fan, but I’m an even bigger fan of Yoga with Adriene. There’s something so wonderful about her thirty day challenges, not least because of the way they’re designed to work different body parts on different days so you feel like you’re getting a rounded, well balanced workout, but also because of the sense of community they come with. There’s tons of people taking part you can chat with, it’s a lovely way to approach exercise in the slower months.
Find somewhere new to explore with the Forestry Commission. My new favourite thing is the Forestry Commission Website. You can put in what you want to do (walk, run, cycle, segway – the possibilities are endless!) and it’ll help you find somewhere new to explore. You know me, I love little more than a good forest walk, and the fresh crisp January air is soothing to the soul.
Sell those unwanted possessions. A free activity that might actually make you some money! I’m sure I’m not the only one with a ‘to sell’ stack cluttering up their spare room. Take the opportunity on one of the cold January nights to cosy up with a cup of tea and list your possessions on Depop, Gumtree or Ebay. You’ll feel better for it!
You don’t have to spend money to have a fun, productive January!
What’s on your to do list this month?