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With 10 days to go in January here are 10 things you can do to power through and come out the other side smiling.

1. Book a holiday

Getting a trip away sorted early in the year always lifts the spirits and gives you something to look forward to. And if funds are tight (which can often be the case in January), then even planning and researching a getaway can give you a boost!

2. Get back in touch

If you missed out on meeting someone over the holidays, or else haven’t heard from them in a while, a really nice thing to do is reconnect with them. Whether they’re a relative or friend, a call or meet up for coffee could put you both in a good mood.

3. Reconnect with resolutions

Coming towards the end of January, some people might struggle with sticking to their resolutions. If you’re one of them, it’s a great time to restart, and make a big push for at least the next 10 days. If your resolutions are still going strong, give yourself a pat on the back!

4. Stay wrapped up

Whether you got new warm clothes for Christmas, or have picked up some in the sales, make sure you keep using them for the next while! Staying wrapped up warm when you’re out and about is very important for dodging colds and chills. Which brings us nicely to number five…

5. Duvet day

Sometimes it’s nice to have a completely free weekend, and with the bad weather a duvet day could be just what you need to recharge. Stick on some Netflix and stay in your PJs!

6. Create

If you made a New Year’s resolution to be more creative and have stalled for a bit, then focus on doing one creative thing a day. Whether it’s drawing, writing, painting or music, do one little bit. Even better, get outside your comfort zone – draw and scribble instead of writing, or sing instead of painting. Getting creative is always a great way to boost your mood!

7. Don’t be SAD

The darker days in winter often cause people to feel a little down in the dumps, a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). One way to combat this is with a light box. We found a blog on how to make your own here.

8. Make your own luck

If you’re not in it, you can’t win it as the saying goes. If you’re feeling a bit down in the dumps, it’s always nice to change that and feel that your luck could be on the up, as well as having something to dream about! Bingo nights are always simple good fun and a nice way of socialising, or you could play cards with your friends. Or even have a go at the lotto!

9. Work from home

If you’ve got a job that’s pretty flexible and allows you to work remotely the odd time, it would be great if you managed to do it even once a week. There’s no freezing cold commute and less risk of getting sick!

10. Make lunch

This was a divisive one among the team here in Gilwell! For some of us, making your own lunch is a great way to save plenty of money, try out some delicious new recipes, and keep up any healthy New Year’s resolutions you set. For others, it was associated with horrible sandwiches and misery. Guess this one depends on your confidence in your culinary skills!

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