Top Five New Year’s Resolutions
As the year draws to a close, most of us take time to reflect on both the joy and the heartache that each moment has given us. No matter what has happened over the year, good or bad, we can learn valuable lessons from our experiences and mistakes. However, as the New Year approaches, we can look at ways in which we can improve our situations or make ourselves feel better and look forward into the future. One of the ways we do this is through resolutions; promises we make to ourselves that begin on the 1st January in the hope of making the next year a much healthier and prosperous one for yourself and the people around you.
All the New Year’s resolutions we make often centre on self-improvement. It seems that the end of the year makes us all take a long hard look at ourselves and we all make resolutions to change the flaws and imperfections that will help improve our quality of life. So as you look to say goodbye to the year, what New Year’s resolution are you going to make for yourself, and does it appear on the
current Top Five New Year’s resolution list?
1. Lose weight and get fit
Judging by a recent survey, the resolution to live a healthier lifestyle and fight the flab is at the top of most people’s agenda for the coming year. Over indulging over the Christmas period usually plays a part in helping people see how excessive they are when it comes to food and alcohol consumption.
The best way to make sure you stick to your ‘healthy new you resolution’ is to not go on a strict diet plan, but to adopt a new approach to the way you eat. We all know what foods are bad for us and which foods are good for us, so start off by making small changes and get into a gentle workout routine that you find both energetic and fun.
2. Quit Smoking
Still at the top of the list is the quest to permanently stub out those cigarettes once and for all. Even if you have tried to quit smoking before, but failed, the quit smoking campaigns have now made it easier and more affordable to give up this expensive habit.
Over the counter stop smoking aids are readily available; from patches and gum to electronic cigarettes and even medications from your general practitioner are all easily accessible and can make your new year’s resolution to quit an easy and attainable target.
3. Quit Drinking
While we are all aware of the damaging effect that immoderate alcohol consumption can have on our health, the vast majority of the population will no doubt be ringing in the New Year with a glass or two of something intoxicating.
If you are planning to quit drinking once and for all as part of a new you, it will be better to start after all the celebrations are over and your normal day to day life begins again. Heavy drinkers will find it difficult to quit because it is a difficult thing to do, and the lure of cheap booze is always a temptation. Many find it easier to resolve to quit slowly, or to not even quit at all, but just to cut down on the amount of alcohol they consume.
4. Get out of debt
Millions of people the world over have experienced some financial difficulties over the year. Whether you have had to take a loss in income of have had to deal with the stresses and strains of losing your household income altogether, the level of debt we have gotten ourselves into over the last twelve months had increased dramatically. The use and convenience of credit and store cards has soared as people are struggling to manage with the ever increasing costs of day to day living.
Getting into debt it easy, but getting out of it can be a very worrying uphill struggle. No matter how much debt you are in, there are many ways in which you can start to climb out of it. Start by arranging a meeting with a representative at your bank. You’ll be surprised to learn just how helpful and understand your bank can be when it comes to helping you get your finances in check.
5. Learn something new
Many people wish they had done a better job of listening when they were at school, but the truth is, it’s never too late to go back and learn something new. Whether you want to do something completely out of your comfort zone or simply brush up of some skills, a local college or even an online course could have just what you are looking for.
Learning something new can help you with a career change, teach you a new and perhaps practical skill, or you could go into something more creative such as art, photography or even learn a new language. Not only will you be giving yourself the opportunity to broaden your horizons, but you will also meet new people and enhance your social circle