Once the excitement of Christmas is over, you might be forgiven for feeling a little flat as the cold winter months wind their way towards the spring.
If you’re looking for a bit of motivation or ‘get up and go’, some new year challenges could be just what you need.
As the American army general, George S Patton said: “Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.” Or, in the words of US ethicist, Michael Josephson: “The year is ours to make of it what we will.”
So, if you’re stuck for inspiration, here are just a few things you could try.
When the sun is shining get outside – Lincolnshire has some lovely walks and sites to see, so strap on some comfortable shoes, grab a friend and get walking. All that added vitamin D is guaranteed to boost your mood as well as your immune system and it’s a good way to get healthy too.
Be a bookworm – Mark Zuckerberg recently revealed that his new year challenge for 2015 was to read more books – maybe a strange concept for the CEO of Facebook, you might think. But his challenge this year is to read a different book every other week. It’s a great way to keep your mind active and there are loads of good books to choose from in 2015, whether you prefer your books online or as good old fashioned paper backs.
Get moving – if you’re feeling a little on the heavy side after eating too much over the last few weeks, or if you’ve been meaning to get fitter for a while, now’s as good a time as any to start. Improving your fitness doesn’t have to mean punishing work outs, just being more active can help. It has so many health benefits, not to mention giving you a better quality of life and reducing the risk of chronic disease. Start slowly with as much exercise as is manageable and step it up gradually.
Achieve something amazing – Obviously there are limits and skydiving or mountain climbing isn’t for everyone. But, if there’s something you’ve always wanted to do, from writing a novel to joining an amateur dramatics society, why not give it a go and give yourself a sense of achievement while you’re at it?
Get in touch with someone you haven’t spoken to in a while – Sometimes our busy lives can take us over and we get so caught up in them it’s easy to lose touch with people. Use this opportunity to get in touch with a good friend who you haven’t spoken to for a while or, if there’s someone you see a lot in your life, but have never spoken to, why not strike up a conversation?
Do something kind for your fellow man – Even if it’s just helping your neighbour when they’re in difficulty, donating clothes to a charity shop or if you really want to push the boat out, do a challenge for charity, find a cause that’s important to you and go for it. Helping our fellow man is not only a positive contribution to the good of our society, but chances are it will make you feel pretty good about yourself too.
Pamper yourself – All too often we’re so busy getting on with things from day to day, we take little time out to stand still, let alone treat ourselves, so now’s the time to make that time. Whether it’s a nice long soak in the bath, pedicure, face mask or massage, treat yourself every once in a while and get those positive, happy feelings flowing.
New Year challenges don’t always have to be about unrealistic goals, because chances are you’ll never get round to doing them if they seem too much. So why not make 2015 all about enjoying life as well as new challenges and see how much better you’ll feel.