Boost your happiness and sense of wellbeing with our self care activities for January
WHAT IS SELF CARE?
Simply looking after yourself – putting time and effort into choosing to do activities that make you feel good and promote happiness and wellbeing. It feels good to feel good!
WHAT ARE SELF CARE ACTIVITIES?
They can literally be anything that makes you feel good – as simple as spending 5 minutes meditating or 10 minutes sat with your feet up and a cup of tea. Maybe taking a 10 minute walk each day or even just making a to-do list or organising your day so it runs more smoothly – anything that promotes good feelings and wellbeing.
SELF CARE IDEAS
We LOVE our feel good monthly challenges – it just takes a little focus and effort each day to make sure I always squeeze in something that’s nice, makes me happy or is just good for my wellbeing.
SO HERE’S OUR FEEL GOOD ACTIVITIES AND PLANS FOR JANUARY
1 – make your resolutions
Sit down and take time to think about what you want to do in 2020 – focus on the “do more”, “be more” not on the giving up, deprivation and negatives. Want to lose weight? – Focus on eating MORE healthy dinners than junk. Be kind to yourself.
2 – fresh air and exercise
After the excesses of Christmas, January is always a great time to make an effort to get more exercise, but you’re more likely to do it if it’s enjoyable and you don’t go jumping into a harsh exercise routine. Just make an effort to get outdoors a 3-4 times a week and walk. It’s free and fab for your body and mind.
3 – bath time pamper
Treat yourself to a hot, deep, bubble bath, nice body moisturiser, fluffy towels and an early night.
4 – winter beach trip
One of our favourites – head to the coast for a blast of fresh air and winter beach fun. Wrap up warm and take a flask.
5 – simmer up a pan of homemade soup
A cheery bowl of bright soup on a cold, wet and windy day. We love this Moroccan spiced roast vegetable soup.
6 – cafe trip
Visit your favourite cafe for coffee and a slab of cake. Low cost and delicious.
7 – get organised
New Year is always a time when I look to be more organised, better with my time and planning. The easiest way to make a start is to write a list and just go. You might like this lovely weekly planner from Wink Design – print it here.
8 – declutter
I love a good decluttering session always makes me feel happy. Decluttering is free and there’s always the potential to make yourself some cash one sites like eBay. Get our guide to decluttering here.
9 – housework
Get into a good housework routine, having a clean and well organised home always makes me feel happy. And housework counts as exercise!
10 – don’t put it off
If you’ve been putting off something for a while now… you know the type of thing – moving some old stuff into the loft, fixing the dripping tap, mending the fence… get it done. Pick one thing and do it!
11 – plan nice things
Take time to plan what you’d like to do in the spring or summer, places you’d like to visit, holiday or stay, family day trips, people you’d like to meet up with and get some plans in place.
12 – five a day
January is a great time to overhaul diets. Making sure you get at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day is a great way to boost your body. Get the kids on board and make these juicy fruit kebabs.
13 – buy yourself some flowers
Now the Christmas tree has been packed away for another year it’s nice to brighten up the home with beautiful flowers.
14 – up cycling project
Upcycling is the in thing at the moment. Whether you opt for a little shabby chic paint project or decide to rejuvenate an old outfit, perhaps with new buttons. Give it a go and breath new life into something old and tatty.
15 – charity shop bargain hunting
Spend an afternoon visiting charity shop and hunting out a bargain or two. Maybe something for a new up-cycling project or some pretty new plates or an outfit.
16 – feed the birds
At this time of year garden birds can often struggle to find food, get the kids involved in this wildlife project and create your own natural bird feeder.
17 – plant up some pots of spring bulbs
Plant them up now and they’ll be bursting into flower come the first signs of spring and they’ll look lovely by the front door.
18 – cook up a big Sunday roast dinner
Spend time with the family and cook up a traditional roast dinner with all the trimmings. For a really lazy short cut to a roast dinner we love the Slow Cooker Brisket recipe.
19- random act of kindness
Always room in your life to be kind.
20 – dance
Open the windows wide, turn up the music and dance like nobody is watching, even if they are. It’ll leave you feeling invigorated and happy.
21 – read a new book
Snuggle up in a chair, maybe light a few candles and lose yourself in a new book.
22 – retro night
Go retro for the night, treat the kids to a classic 70’s/80’s style dinner from your childhood and then indulge in a few retro past times….. play elastics, spot of roller skating maybe.
23 – winter picnics
Pack up some sandwiches, flasks of soup and head out for a winter picnic. We love the National Trust as it’s just packed with amazing places to visit the whole year around.
24 – jam jar flowers
These super easy and laid back flower displays brighten up your home whatever the time of year. Jam jar flowers are my favourite kind of flowers. Simple, casual and laid back.
25 – make button hearts
A super simple and cute little craft project. We just love button hearts.
26 – send a real letter
Send a friend an actual real letter, maybe a nice card, just because it’s a nice thing to do.
27 – baking with the kids
Kids love to get busy in the kitchen and this jam tart recipe is super easy (and super tasty)
28 – hydrate
You’ll feel healthier, more alert and keeping well hydrated is great for all your bodily functions. It’s a simple and cheap way to give yourself a boost. Try our delicious fruit infused water recipes.
29 – film night
Grab some snacks, some nice drinks and snuggle up to watch films all evening.
30 – new hobby
Try out something new, maybe a dance class or new exercise class. Take a taster session in a new craft or art.
31 – meal plan
Try your hand a meal planning, makes cooking for a family so much easier and you’ll waste less food. Check out our meal planning section for some inspiration.