There’s so much on our doorstep. The England Coast Path will become the longest trail of its kind in the world this year and there are openings galore, from the National Open Water Swimming Centre in Brighton to the largest gardening project in Europe, RHS Garden Bridgewater.
Take up scuba diving – becoming an Olympic sport for the first time this year – or ‘micro adventures’, exploring nature that’s close to you. Embrace the challenge, whether that’s hiking, biking or paddleboarding on the Thames.
Cull your social channels so you only engage with what you’re actually interested in. Try ‘forest bathing’, the Japanese practice shinrin-yoku, where you head to the woods and take it all in. Allow yourself to rest (season two of Sex Education and a new eight-part thriller The Stranger are coming to Netflix, just saying).
Actually make use of your workplace’s volunteering days. Build friendships with elderly residents at a cocktail party hosted in care homes by the charity Magic Me, or take part in beach cleaning with the Marine Conservation Society. Cook for Kitchen Social, a charity that provides hubs during school holidays for London children living in poverty.
Join a club and pick up a new skill. Cook recipes from a new recipe book or specific chef each month. Read actual books or embrace podcasts – research shows exercisers are 51% more likely to work out if they’ve saved an audiobook for the gym.