Christmas decs come down today from trees and ceilings today (or perhaps they should have done yesterday!)… and with them our mood seems to also hit the floor. What is it about January that makes us feel so grim? Is it the outrageous Christmas credit card bill, the crappy weather or that officially sensible but ultimately depressing decision to give up alcohol for the month? To help combat the “back at work and everything else blues”, we’ve come up with some positive thinking-type tips to help you get from “boo” to “yahoo!” in just a few minutes.
1. You’re alive! One thing we all have in common is that we’ve managed to make it out of 2011 and into the New Year having not yet met our maker, kicked the bucket etc etc. Enjoy that feeling and make the most of it!
2. Last year we had a lovely extra day off for the Royal Wedding, and this June we have an extra Bank Holiday to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee of 60 years on the throne! On top of that, it’s going to be a 4 day weekend… thanks very much your Majesty! The Diamond Jubilee will also be marked on 3 June by the largest river pageant since the reign of Charles II, with a flotilla of more than 1,000 boats down the River Thames lead by the Royal Barge.
3. Apparently 2011 was the 11th warmest year on record and the MET Office has predicted the 2012 summer to be one of the hottest since 1850 (I know, I rolled my eyes too!) However, it means the weather will either be absolutely magical and everyone will be tearing away to the parks at lunchtime to bare all to the sun, OR we’ll be heading for the sun overseas. It’s a win-win!
4. Speaking of making the most of it, if there’s one thing that’s bound to make us all feel better it’s planning our summer holidays! Whether you’ve got the budget of a queen or a pauper, there are flight deals to help you make the most of your annual leave entitlements and Bank Holidays. January is a great time to book because the deals are flying thick and fast, including this: save £10 pp on return flights with us to any of our destinations, booked by 12 January. Don’t forget our Happy (New Year) Hour Weekend as well – where you can find our current cheapest flight prices!
5. Exciting new places to visit! Love Spain? Then there’s a good chance you’ll adore Italy! This year we’re launching a range of new routes to Italian city destinations. If you love coffee, culture and beautiful architecture, this is a fantastic opportunity to explore Italy with an airline you love. Flights to Milan, Rome, Verona and Venice begin on 25 March. Meanwhile, flights to Crete and Croatia start on 1 May.
6. Your birthday. No matter how old you are, your birthday is something to celebrate. Why not take yourself away for a long weekend to celebrate? If you’d rather hide away and pretend it’s not happening (and avoid having to take treats in to work!) fly under the duvet instead!
7. Even if you’re not a sports fanatic, there’s still a buzz in the air around the bigger events. The London Marathon on 22 April is quite a spectacle – witness more than 35,000 determined runners tackle 26 miles of pain, perspiration and glory to finish at The Mall. Then of course, there’s the Olympics in August from July 27th through August 12th, when 144 countries will compete for the gold – go Team GB!
8. Nothing beats the feel-good factor of doing something good for other people – and it’s even better when eating sweet treats plays a bit part in it! That’s why we love taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning with our official charity Macmillan Cancer Support. Last year Macmillan raised £9,612,789, just a tiny bit short of their target. Why not try to help them hit the 10 million pound mark this year by holding your own event, or attending one in your neighbourhood? Your support will help this important charity provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care in the UK. Feel good factor x 10,000,000! The date for this year’s coffee morning is still TBC but likely to be in late September. Click here to learn about last year’s event.
9. If time seems to be ticking by all too slowly, there are lots of fun ‘national day of…’ and ‘official day for ‘ special days to put in your own quirky calendar. For example, apart from the usual fun around April Fool’s Day and Halloween, did you know there’s Pancake Day at Easter, Hot Dog Month in July, International Talk Like a Pirate Day in September? Arr me hearties!
10. Why not make your own list of all the things you’re looking forward to this year, whether it’s a personal achievement, a birth in the family, a holiday or whatever. Write them on a calendar and tick them off as they come and go. At the end of the year you’ll have a wonderful record of all the exciting things you’ve seen and done in 2012!
11. If you’ve given up alcohol for the first month of 2012, then 1 February is a day to celebrate your achievement with a cheeky glass of something… you deserve it!
12. If you’re still feeling a bit ‘bah humbug’, don’t worry, the Mayans have apparently predicted the end of the world will come in December, so it will all be over in 12 months! (I wouldn’t put too much stock in that though, given past doomsday predictions have not been entirely accurate!)
Do any of these tips make you feel better? Tell us yours in the comments below!