New year's revolution The Girlfriend Guide's essential A to Z to kickstart the New Year

It's winter. One of the best times of year – with snowmen, hot cocoa and mountain retreats, Switzerland is the ultimate winter wonderland. Despite all this, we know it's cold … we know it's gray. Girlfriend Guide has created an A to Z guide to inspire those good intentions. Go ahead – give them a try. You won't be able to resist smiling.

Activate your gym membership. Haven't been going since the first of the year – now is the time to get started.  deepWORK™ is the latest group class craze we are addicted to.

                                                       Bargain shop for vintage goodies. Vintage is a fairly universal term, but also look for shops marked "Brocki" which isn't always vintage, but always second-hand.

Capture your life on Cameo, one of our new favorite Apps for making mini movies of friends, family and daily life.

Dive into a good book. Join your local library – it's franc-savvy free.

Entertain yourself and reserve a seat at the next International Comedy Club performance in your city. They host hilarious comedy shows in Geneva, Lausanne, Basel and Zurich.

Forget it's winter. Head to the indoor water park, Alpamare in Pfäffikon.


Gather friends for a Swiss wine & cheese themed party at your home Mövenpick Wein is a leading Swiss wine supplier offering a diverse selection of high quality wines from Switzerland and around the world delivered to your door.


Help a stranger. We love helping Room to Read and the Red Cross (DE/FR). Find a local charity near you and lend a hand.  

Invest in your wardrobe. Color Analysts, Wardrobe Consultants and Personal Shoppers are a valuable treat or simply  buy a brightly colored scarf to wear on  gray days. We love Rowena the Personal Shopper at Jelmoli in Zurich. 

Jump rope for 5 minutes. It's harder than you think! Don't have a jump rope?  Pretend and giggle while you work out. 

Kick-start a new hobby or business venture. No better time to get started than right now.

Laughing yoga. Give it a shot. It might sound silly but it really works wonders. 

Make someone's day. Surprise a friend with a special gift. Leave a flower in their mailbox, drop chocolates on their doorstep or watch their kids so they can enjoy a little "me time".

Nourish your body. Visit a nearby hammam. We love the Stadtbad Zurich (DE), Spa Oktogon Bern (DE/FR), Aquabasilea  Hammam near Basel and the hammam at Schweizerhof Lenzerheide. Check out the article Discover Switzerland: Spas & wellness to find more top Swiss spas.

Open your mind. Hop on a tram you don't ride regularly and explore a new neighborhood from the comfort of a warm ride.

Plan your spring break getaway. Check out the Girlfriend Guide's Travel page.

Quit that bad habit you've always wanted to push aside.  Enough's enough – just stop already.

Run with a friend or make new friends by joining a running group. Step it up a notch and find a language-learning partner to run with. Marathon Sprachen in Zurich offers "Language on the Run" – they run with you AND practice German or your language of choice with you!

Start the morning with a healthy breakfast. Try a new recipe every day this week. We're inspired by Health Coach, Vanessa Gatelein, from  "Food Changes Everything", and her  Breakfast Challenge.

Treat yourself to a decadent hot chocolate at home. Melt some real dark Swiss chocolate with almond milk and cinnamon!

Update your goals. Set milestones for each month and an action plan.

Venture to a part of Switzerland you have never been to. Book a cheese, farm or wine tour. We love the Sweet Zurich Tour by MyKugelhopf.

Workout to 80s music. Gather friends, dress up like Jane Fonda and sweat to the beat.

Organize a coffee-date-laugh with girlfriends while trying to come up with words that begin with the letter ‘X'.

Because we said so. It will help you beat the winter blues.

Zero in on five things from this list you promise to do this month. Enjoy winter. It only comes once a year – and it's the harbinger of spring. Perret



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