It's that time of year again when we look back at what we've achieved for the past year and start looking ahead to what we would like to achieve in 2014.
Bear the some of the following in mind before you finalise your list:
It must be the number one resolution after the Christmas feasts. Everyone wants a quick fix but the truth is that starving yourself, going on fad diets, and setting expectations too high will only result in setting you up to fail.
Make it easier on yourself by committing to setting small goals over a longer period of time.
Christmas is always a drain on the finances. Again, small changes can make all the difference over time. Take a quick look at your budget and see if there is anything you can cut back on. Find places to take the kids that are free or low cost.
How much food do you throw away? Check dates on the food that you buy and try to plan your meals in advance. Putting a menu together for the week ahead doesn't take that long - and it saves you making bad food choices at the last moment (ordering that take away because you didn't have anything in!).
Less Time on Housework
Fed up of being the one who picks up after everyone else? It's an easy rut to find yourself in. Think about what you can delegate. Are your kids old enough to put some, or all of their clothes away? Even training them to clear their plates can make a difference to how long it takes you to do the dishes or fill the dishwasher.
Remember Life Before Social Media
Picking up the phone or even writing a letter can really brighten up someone's day - it will make you both feel great!
Learn Something New
There's nothing more empowering than learning something! It doesn't matter what - a new language, a craft or even trying a Jazzercise class. Stimulate your mind and you'll be surprised at how your achievements can make you feel.
It's so easy to dwell on the negative. Before you go to sleep each night, try to remember something that made you smile during the day, even if it was just a hug from someone special or something one of the kids said. Going to sleep with a smile on your face will probably make you sleep better too!
What's your New Year Resolution for 2014?
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Lived in St Neots since 1975 and boy how its changed, always looking to promote everything great in and around our town.