The first half of the year is quite often dedicated to making changes to our lives that we have been thinking about for a long time. Come the summertime we want to be outside, enjoying life and making the most of the longer evenings. So that means the winter months and early spring should be reserved for getting ourselves in a position that we can be happy with ourselves come the time to get outside. So here are some suggestions for you to explore and consider as you look at the year ahead.
The first thing to think about is how do you feel at work? A lot of us take a look at the job we have to go into every day and take a mighty sigh. But, that exasperation at the day ahead doesn’t have to exist, in fact, you could be actively looking forward to your job. Rather than settling for the idea that employment is just a way to pay the bills, you should explore the options available to you. Consider what your passions, hobbies and interests are, then think about how you can apply them to your career.
There are several options available to you if you do want to make some changes and the early months of the year are ideal to get started. One of those is taking an m.b.a online to get yourself a qualification that will enhance your job prospects and improve your CV. The nights are longer and the weather isn’t up to much, so while you have all that spare time at home you might as well put it to good use and educate yourself with an aim of improving your career prospects.
We’re not talking about the failed new year’s resolution to become Hulk Hogan or Ronda Rousey, no this is about not letting the winter blues take over and stop you keeping yourself active. As we’ve already discussed, these early months of the year are not the ones that you want to be outside very much. However, that shouldn’t prevent you from keeping yourself active and fit so that come the spring you’re not forcing yourself to overwork because of months of couch potato time.
Depending on the type of person you are, there are different options available to you when it comes to fitness. Some people like the bright lights of a gym; full of equipment and people grunting their way through routines, there is plenty of inspiration for you to do an extra set or spend a few more minutes on the treadmill. However, the gym isn’t for everyone and for those people there is more than adequate opportunities for home exercise out there.
A very popular form of home fitness in recent years has been yoga. One of the reasons for this is that it is relatively cheap to get started and difficult to do badly wrong – though that doesn’t mean you can just jump into it. Pick up an exercise DVD or two and find a program that works for you. Remember your home fitness is about motivating your way through the darker evenings and into the light ones with a better package of health than usual.
Just because the days at home aren’t made for you to get out and about, doesn’t mean there aren’t countries out there waiting to meet you. A holiday early in the year is a great way to kick off your next few months. The memories you can create and the relaxation will get you through the tiring short days and into the summer months. If you’re looking for some inspiration for getting away, here are some suggestions:
Iceland – It might seem counterintuitive to leave the cold and darkness of home to head to a country that is even colder and sees less daylight. However, Iceland is a stunning country that has more than enough to keep you occupied, including the beauty of the northern lights. Iceland has so much to offer and many people say that the winter months are the best time of year to travel there because of a heightened chance of seeing the previously mentioned lights.
Spain – We often think of Spain as being the place to head to in the summer to sum ourselves by the beach, but it has so much more to offer. In the winter months, some of its most interesting cities like Barcelona and Valencia are much warmer than home and have sights and sounds to see that will be more crowded in the summer. Barcelona, for example, has the Gaudi Park which exhibits the works of the Catalan artist, Valencia is a city of stunning architecture and the home of paella.
Australia – Or, you could make your way on a big trip down under. If you really don’t like the winter months then run away from them altogether and head to Australia. Get yourself an early summer by taking in some of the joys of Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. This is a much bigger journey than the previous two mentioned, but flights are getting cheaper than they once were and the wonderful country of Australia is just waiting for you to find it. You don’t have to spend months there like some might say, a few weeks is enough to get a taste of what life is like on the other side of the planet.
The most important thing to do is make the most of your time. It might seem like an obvious thing to say, but so many of us see the sunset before 5 pm and just trudge home and lock the door. But the start of the year can be the beginning of something new, think of yourself as a butterfly waiting to emerge in the late spring. You could be wandering the sunny streets in June knowing full well your year has already been a great one.