January can be a difficult time of year for many – with cold, grey days and post-Christmas indulgence putting a strain on waist lines and bank accounts, leaving many Brits feeling sluggish and underwhelmed.
The New Year can be the perfect opportunity to turn over a new leaf and look to the year ahead with fresh optimism, but research has showed that nearly 90% of people in the UK fail to stick to New Year’s resolutions set each year.*
Fortunately there are a number of things that can be done to combat the January blues without setting unachievable goals and falling at the first hurdle. Two Together Railcard has come up with ten top tips for ensuring a fresh new start in 2016 that won’t break the bank.
1) Get active
After weeks of indulging in festive food and alcohol it’s no wonder that many feel lethargic when the New Year comes around. If joining an expensive gym isn’t an option – go for a run, take up a sport or go for a brisk walk in the country to help get back into shape.
2) Take a trip
Once the memory of Christmas has faded it’s important to have something to look forward to, whether it’s a weekend away or even a short break in the UK. Travel as a pair by train with the Two Together Railcard to receive a third off for two named passengers, as well as exclusive discounts on a number of UK holidays.
3) Eat well
Forget fad diets and gruelling detox regimes – adopting a healthy balanced diet and eating treats in moderation will provide a more realistic and achievable lifestyle for 2016.
4) Be sociable
Whether it’s seeing friends and family more, or getting out and about, one great way of beating the January blues is to spend more time with loved ones, or even make some new friends in the process.
5) Get a good night’s sleep
A sure fire way to feel better about the New Year is to catch up on sleep. Establishing a regular pattern of seven to eight hours per night and keeping bedtime and waking times consistent will help recharge the batteries.
6) Save money
Many Brits feel the financial strain of the festive season, so keeping an eye on spending can really help keep the bank balance in check in the New Year. Put a bit of money aside each week to help keep on top of finances after an expensive Christmas.
7) Have a day out
From museums and art galleries to theme parks and castles, the UK has lots to offer for a great day out. Take a walk in the countryside or visit one of the UK’s many free attractions for a trip that won’t break the bank.
8) Take up a hobby
New Year is the perfect time to take up a hobby or try a new experience. Whether it’s horse-riding, Zumba or mountain biking, there are hundreds of fun activities that can be done on a budget.
9) Be positive
It can be difficult to feel positive in cold, grey January, but smiling can help lift moods and spread positivity to others. Starting the morning with a smile and a stretch can set the day off on a positive note and help bring a little happiness to the New Year.
10) Treat a loved one
Whether it’s a luxury spa day, a trip to the theatre, or an exciting weekend away for two, treating a loved one to something special can help anyone forget their January blues. Two Together Railcard offers discounts of up to 60% on hundreds of top theatre tickets. For more information visit www.twotogether-railcard.co.uk