Cold weather isn’t very forgiving, and it always seems to hit the hardest right after the holiday season. This can either make or break a new year’s resolution for some people. Don’t be one of those people. Find a way to stay productive and happy this season with these helpful tips.
Learn a new craft or skill
Maybe one of your new year’s resolutions is to spend more time at home, relaxing — and if that’s the case, good for you! Keep your mind at ease with a reasonable craft that you can do from the comfort of your home. Here are just a few ideas to hopefully inspire your winter productivity:
- Try a new recipe a day.
- Take an online course and learn a new language
- Build your own website
- Start a small online business (clothing, jewelry, vintage, etc.)
- Read a book a week
- Learn to sew or knit your own clothes
- Initiate a book club
Not everyone likes go for a jog in below freezing weather, but the commitment to physical health doesn’t have to mean layers and cold fingers and toes. Move your body by joining a gym, trying a new fitness class or signing up for a rec league. You don’t have to be a fan of weight lifting to be active. Lots of facilities offer a variety of classes from yoga and dance to aerobics and interval training. If you’re wanting to ditch the standard gym idea entirely, boxing clubs and climbing gyms have also become a trend for people looking to strike a balance between being physically active and developing a new skill.
For a lot of us, the bitter winter means hibernation, and that’s completely normal. But you can still see your friends and have a low-key evening together. Invite some people over for drinks and a bonfire. It doesn’t have to a large gathering either. Just find a few board games or puzzles and go to town. If games aren’t the answer, movie marathons might be. Share the couch and the guilt with the ones you love.
Volunteering is one of the best ways to start your new year. Get involved with your community food pantry or homeless shelter. Clean out your closet of old clothes and household items, and search for places that accept coat donations. The cold months can be some of the hardest times for people — especially those without proper shelter.
Build upon your career
If you’re already doing what you love, ask yourself how you can continue to grow in your position. Move up in the ranks by gaining a new skill that will add value to your company.
If you’re not in the place you want to be, it’s probably time to refresh that resume. Maybe you’re ready to start from scratch — go back to school or see the world. Well, start applying! Look into scholarship programs and organizations like Americorps or WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) that offer opportunities to people wanting to travel around the country and world doing meaningful work that could lead to a career shift.At BestFlag, one of our resolutions is to build upon our brand, but we also want to help you grow yours. Tell your story with one of our flags, feather flags, banners and more this year. Come see us this year and let’s build something together.