If you are anything like me, the winter is a time to stay snuggled up on the sofa with the pets. Hiding under cosy blankets and enjoy hot chocolate, and watching box sets on the TV. Nobody wants to brave those dreary, cold days. However, after the winter comes the spring, which brings hope that the dreary days are coming to an end!. Whilst it can still be a little cold, the days are getting longer and brighter and we feel more inclined to leave the house and be more active. Therefore, to get you through the cold, wintery snap, it is great to start thinking about all the fun you can have once the spring arrives.
As the spring months roll around, all the theme parks start to open for the year. I am a big kid at heart, but i have to confess that i am a big chicken too! So when it comes to Theme parks, no matter how great they are, or how i build myself up saying “i can go on that!”...ill look at the ride...gulp...and go pale and back off!! But i know a lot of people who love alot of the UK amusement parks. Some say “nothing beats the thrill”....Me? I'm happy with cotton candy and the water log!!.But i know they have lots of calmer rides too…..even if they are aimed at 8 year olds!!! One of the biggest and most advertised and visited theme parks has to be Blackpool Pleasure Beach. They have such a great mix of wild rides and more chilled out ones. Plus, Blackpool makes for a great place for a night out (which makes up for the roller coaster avoidance!!).
Take up a sport
As the weather gets better, you want to start enjoying the fresh air. Plus, there is all that food and drink you enjoyed over Christmas to shift! Get your waistline back to what it was by taking up a sport, or joining the gym. There are sports teams for everyone, so depending on the type of activity you like, you are sure to find something to suit your needs. Or if you’re watching the pennies, simple things like taking the dog for long walks through parks (they would love it and you!!) which happens to coincide with it being National Dog Walking Month in January!, or visiting some National Parks to get you out and about is always a great way to get some gentle exercise, spend little money, and get some air! I have M.E which makes shifting weight harder, as i have to PACE myself. This is why things like walking are best for me, it helps me keep moving and not overdoing it….it also helps that i don't have to fork out for a gym that would only get visited once and cancelled (I'm hopeless at New Years resolutions…..!!!)
Grow your garden
If you have your own garden, the spring is the perfect time to get it looking great. After all the frost and snow (probably mostly frost!!) has cleared away, you can tackle your garden head on. Think about all those beautiful, brightly coloured flowers you can plant. Tend to the ones that have braced the winter months to ensure they thrive in the next few months and provide you with a great garden to sit in in the summer (if we get one!).. If you need colour and NOW, buy bedding plants, that can be bought cheap and cheerful - but remember they only grow once. If you are more patient, try to hold out for one that will reward you year after year. Plus, gardening is a great workout. Anyone who has ever pulled up weeds in their garden will know all about that.
Anyone with their own home, either rented or owned know the term “Spring clean” (it probably brings fear into the children in the house!!) and this is when it begins and possibly carries on for at least a month. So much of the time we will only take care of the bits of the house that we see or the places that get really messy. However, focusing your attention on the whole house can be much more gratifying. Take the time to clear out all the stuff you haven’t used in ages or don’t need anymore. If you got any Christmas gifts that you know will stay unopened for the next few years, give them away to charity.
Once you have decluttered the house, you might think about redecorating to give it a fresh feel. Which room did you decorate a long time ago? Do you think it needs to be freshened up? Sometimes, something as simple as a new coat of paint or fresh bed linen can be enough to transform a room. Bargains can sometimes be found in Charity shops, car boot sales or even online auctions. You may find a lamp in a shop, and decide to decorate around it! It can be as easy as a lighter rug to brighten up the room. It doesn’t have to be a heavy duty wallpaper and paint job!
Small things...big results...always the best way!!