The third Monday in January has been awarded the gloomy title of ‘Blue Monday’ due to its combination of post-Christmas blues and cold dark nights. But with January comes a new year, a fresh start, a time to embark on new endeavours. Our parks are open all year round, so getting through winter has never been easier. So, if you’re looking for a pick me up, we’ve got the remedy to banish the blues without breaking the bank!
Look up at night in winter and you’ll be blown away by just how clear and bright the stars are. The dark winter skies around our parks are well known for their large spaces completely free from light pollution giving you a spectacular clear view of the Milky Way. The Yorkshire Dales National Park is holding a Dark Skies Festival in February so be sure to check that out and make it a part of your stargazing adventure if you’re based at one of our Yorkshire parks.
Spend Time with Friends and Family
It might be tempting to keep to yourself when you feel like you’re suffering from the January Blues, but this could be making you feel worse. It is important to spend time being social – it can make a huge difference to your day – even if you don’t feel like it beforehand. After all, spending time with your favourite people is always a brilliant way to improve your mood and nourish your soul.
Arguably one of the best ways to get through winter is getting outdoors and going on some crisp winter walks. There’s something quite magical about walking in winter, whether it’s the frosty footsteps, the refreshing air or the breath-taking views, it’s a wonderful time to go walking. With many routes to embark on surrounding our parks there are some wonderful sightseeing opportunities to experience and winter offers an opportunity to appreciate places with a new perspective. Nature looks tremendously different between the seasons, and while many parks are now closed until spring, our parks are open 12 months meaning you don’t miss out on any of them.
Visit Historic Towns and Cities
At this time of year, towns and cities are much quieter and are quite different to during the summer. Many of Britain’s towns and cities are bursting with historical sights, and winter is the perfect time to really explore and take these in without the hustle and bustle of the summer months. Also. you may even pick up a few bargains in the January sales!
Read for Pleasure
Snuggle up in your holiday home on a cold night and take your mind off feeling low by burying yourself in a gripping book of your choice. Reading for pleasure is a great way to take things off your mind and research has proven that reading reduces the symptoms of depression and improves wellbeing throughout life.
Birdwatching in Coastline Views
Birdwatching is a fun way to connect with nature and the clear, frosty winter skies make this time of year an ideal time to do it. The weather is crisp, and the magical winter scenery makes finding your favourite birds even more enjoyable. The RSPB has around 150 nature reserves around the UK, with lots of these being very near or on the coast. A great excuse to get outside and enjoy some fresh air – just don’t forget your binoculars or cameras!
Beat the January blues and eat yourself happy by hosting your own Bake-Off challenge with your friends and family in your holiday home. We know a lot of owners on park love doing this with their friends and often do it for charity, so why not carry it on through the winter season? A perfect way to spend a dark wintery evening – happy baking!
N.B. All holiday home images are for visual purposes only. All holiday homes will be provided according to the grade booked, however the holiday home model may vary upon arrival.