Bad news guys…the festive period is officially O-V-E-R.
The hangovers and food coma’s have begun to wear off leaving us all reeling from the horrifying realisation that back to work week is upon us. And for the first time in two weeks, something of value is actually expected of us.
It’s time to wipe away the mind-webs, pack up your mince pies and put on some pants.
But what awaits you?
The uncertainty of your ability to ‘engage brain’ once again fills your roast-ridden stomach with fear.
You ask yourself why you never chose a career as a Food Taster or Video Game Player (yes those jobs really exist) and you start to wonder why you haven’t made more of your precious time off or really appreciated every second of sofa surfing and Only Fools and Horses.
The fact is that we’re never going to make January a great month; but there are ways in which we can ease our festive hangovers and gradually get back into the swing of things.
Let’s grab 2016 by the proverbials and do something bloody good with ourselves this year! Who’s with me!
Ok, read on and see how you feel…
Step one – forget New Year’s Resolutions
“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.”
January is typically a month made up of diets, gym memberships and promises to cut back on drinking, smoking and spending in a knee jerk attempt to undo all that has been done in December.
You want my advice? All you need to cut is yourself – some slack.
I’m resolute in my decision not to make resolutions but that’s not to say that January isn’t a great time to wipe the slate clean and make some positive life changes.
Yes, you must accept that you cannot spend every day at home drinking mulled wine, watching TV and eating Terry’s Chocolate Oranges. But don’t deprive yourself of everything you enjoy all at once.
Back to work month is tough enough as it is.
Step two – relieve yourself of gluttonous guilt without mental torture
That first Nutribullet smoothie is going to be a great big healthy smack round the face. A foreign object, if you will. And if you manage one of these for brekkie every day in your first week back, you’ve made a great start.
Steadily introduce your body to a routine of healthy meals if you really want to stick at it long term. We’ve had enough cold turkey for one year.
And if, after the dreaded back to work week you’re feeling more positive and have shed the ‘new year fear’, why not try the Exante Diet plan – proven to help you lose weight in a healthy way.
Step three – don’t join the gym yet
Because of the dreaded New Year’s Resolutions, January and February are two of the most popular sign-up months for the gym, meaning that you’re likely to pay a higher monthly fee and may be subject to contract tie-in clauses and sign up fees that you could otherwise avoid outside of these popular months.
Why not start your year with a few workout videos at home or start running, and if you’re still as committed to the gym cause by March, you should be able to get a better deal. When you’re looking to join, always make sure that you shop around and compare prices.
Tip: if you join at the end of the month you’ll probably get an even better deal as fitness centres are often targeted on monthly membership sign ups, so they’ll probably be extra generous if they want to hit their goals.
Step four – get your brain back into gear with a book or two
Most of us won’t be feeling hugely cerebral in the first few weeks of January and our brains may require gentle re-engagement.
Why not expand your vocabulary and your imagination with a challenging read. It’s a great way to boost enthusiasm and reactivate a sleepy mind.
Did you know that two of Amazon’s top selling Christmas products of 2015 were the Kindle Paperwhite and the Fire 7? There are still great January sale offers to be had on both of these products too.
Let us know how your January goes. We can’t avoid back to work month but by god, we’re all in this together.