It’s the time of year when you’re sup­posed to re-in­vent your­self as a bet­ter per­son. Re­ally? The ed­i­tor of Nor­folk mag­a­zine has a dif­fer­ent view

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Well, an in­ter­pre­ta­tion of what we think well­be­ing is, any­way

Damp Jan­uary?

Over the last few years Dry Jan­uary has be­come a bit of a thing, a lit­tle virtue-sig­nalling that some folk have adopted. The idea is that you don’t drink a drop of al­co­hol for the 31 days of the first month of the New Year, feel­ing bet­ter ev­ery day and cer­tainly not get­ting cranky and sneak­ing a sly swig out of the left­over amon­til­lado sherry bot­tle by Jan­uary 2.

We say: By all means do Dry Jan­uary but build a lit­tle flex into the week. You could treat your­self on, say Wet Wed­nes­day or Tipsy Tues­day, or maybe on Thirsty Thurs­day or TFI Fri­day. Or a com­bi­na­tion. Just be kind to your­self.

Beach yoga

An­other emerg­ing trend, fu­elled largely by so­cial me­dia pho­tos of lis­som young peo­ple dis­port­ing them­selves against a ris­ing/set­ting sun on a beach some­where. Don’t be fooled. These pho­tos are mas­sively re­touched – no-one can bend that much and not snap like a dry twig.

We say: If you must, go to Holkham Beach (other strands are equally un­suit­able) in your snuggest-fit­ting sports wear, adopt a few un­com­fort­able poses and see how you get on. We suggest you go with a re­spon­si­ble adult who can drive you home when your ten­dons twang like the strings of a steel gui­tar. Also be pre­pared for the snig­gers of strangers and the screams of small chil­dren.

New Year faddy diet

An old favourite. Be­cause you’ve maybe had a Qual­ity Street or two, or the odd mince pie, your waist­band is a bit like a boa con­stric­tor around your mid­dle. First – don’t as­sume it’s what you’ve eaten. Nor­folk wa­ter can be hor­ri­bly hard and shrinks clothes dra­mat­i­cally. Also, you need an ex­tra ounce or two in the win­ter months, don’t you?

We say: Diet if you must, but think it through. How about a Nor­folk diet, when you eat and drink only things sourced in this mag­nif­i­cently epi­curean county? The ex­tra leg­work in­volved in mak­ing sure you’re on point will cause the pounds to drop off, no?

Re­tail ther­apy

To be hon­est we’re not sure that this has ever been ad­vo­cated as any of­fi­cially-recog­nised form of ther­apy. Spend­ing money af­ter the fes­tive sea­son has bled your credit card white might not be the best thing to do, but there are proper ways of turn­ing this to your ad­van­tage.

We say: When you’re tak­ing those un­wanted gifts to the char­ity shop, have a lit­tle browse your­self and see what you can pick up. Or for a com­plete re­fresh buy Nor­folk – lit­er­ally. A few pounds pur­chases a copy of the county’s finest mag­a­zine and is pretty much guar­an­teed to make you feel bet­ter, what­ever your fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion (maybe stay away from the prop­erty pages, though, some of those lovely homes are a bit pricey). It’s a win-win!

Do some­thing new

Re­ceived wis­dom is that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Re­spect­fully, cob­blers. You can teach an old dog a new trick, just don’t ex­pect it to do it very well. And choose your trick care­fully. We say: Take up salsa danc­ing if you like, with your sig­nif­i­cant other if the re­la­tion­ship is strong enough, or solo if you’re an op­ti­mist. Oth­er­wise, there are sports a-plenty for you to try, many of which come with the added bonus of buy­ing lots of new gear (see re­tail ther­apy). Cy­cling is prob­a­bly king of the hill for this. Or learn a new lan­guage. Just look­ing at the wreck­age of the Christ­mas fruit bowl, man­darin might be a good one.

What­ever your route to well­be­ing is, happy New Year from all at Nor­folk mag­a­zine!

ABOVE: By all means try this on Holkham beach and just block your ears to the snig­gers

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