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