Let’s be honest, by the time Christmas rolls around, it can be pretty tempting to spend the entire holidays watching Netflix, with a whole lot of junk food to hand.
But what if instead, you could use this downtime to do those things you’ve always wanted, like taking up a new hobby, learning a new skill or challenging yourself in other ways?
Here are five of the top ways to get out of the indulgent Christmas mindset.
1. Consider volunteering
Christmas is known to be the time of giving, so volunteering is a good way to not only give back to the community and help those who may be less fortunate than you, but also get you out and about during the holidays.
Whether it’s delivering Meals on Wheels, giving toys and books to disadvantaged children with the Smith Family or even becoming a Christmas elf, it’s sure to be a feel-good way to spend Christmas 2017. And if you have children get them involved, it could also be a valuable learning experience for them too.
2. Tick that activity off your list
Is there something you’ve wanted to do over the year, but just haven’t managed to find time for?
It might be a coastal drive and finally seeing those sights, a camping trip with the family, picnic by the beach or even as simple as trying a new exercise class or sport. Whatever it is, the holidays are the perfect time to tick it off your list.
3. Become a Masterchef
With so many family meal occasions over the festive season, such as Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, there are plenty of reasons to cook up a storm. It could even serve as some of your Christmas gifts, if you use your time to bake things like choc chip cookies or the staple Christmas cake.
If you have kids and are looking for ideas that they won’t turn their noses up, try out the 5 healthy meal ideas.
4. Get in touch with loved ones
If it’s been some time since you’ve reached out to a family member or close friend, the holidays is your chance to get in touch again. It could be a quick phone call or perhaps even the old school method of writing a letter or sending a festive card, but sending them some Christmas cheer is sure to be well received.
5. Get your hands dirty
Another great thing about having all this time up your sleeve is you can finally get around to those jobs around the house. Whether it’s creating a garden bed, giving your property a fresh lick of paint, making that cubby house the kids have been asking for...the list is really endless!
By getting your hands dirty and completing some tasks you’ll end the holidays feeling a sense of accomplishment.
It’s tempting to take the time off over the festive period and do barely anything after a long, hard slog of a year. But keeping your body active and your mind engaged could help you start the New Year off right and could even help you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions.