The Top 10 New Year Resolutions
29th December 2014
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Spend more time with friends and family

Our hectic lives mean it’s easy to make such promises but much harder to see them through. Make plans to meet up with friends and family in advance and get the dates in your diary. Choose a new café or restaurant for you all to try out to make it less likely you’ll cancel at the last minute.

Lose weight

There’s nothing better to help you feel good about yourself than losing weight. While it’s one of the most popular New Year resolutions, the key to success is setting realistic goals and staying focused. Joining a local weight loss group can help make shedding the pounds easier as you’re doing it together as a team, or sign up to a gym and get help finding an inspiring training programme to suit your needs.  

Quit smoking

Tried before and failed? The New Year is a great time to try again. On average, smokers try about four times before they finally quit for good. Stamp out your smoking habit with help from over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies to help cull the cravings, or speak to your doctor / local pharmacist about free support services and groups available locally.

Get fit

Regular exercise is associated with more health benefits than anything else. Studies have shown it reduces the risk of some cancers, maintains weight loss, increases longevity, enhances mood and lowers blood pressure. Why not try out a new sport, join a local gym or pull on your running shoes and hit the road? Set yourself a goal such as a local charity run.  

Quit / Reduce Alcohol

The indulgence over the festive season means many people use the New Year as an incentive to curb their drinking habits. If you’ve decided that this is the resolution for you, there is support out there to help you succeed. Most heavy drinkers are not equipped to make such drastic lifestyle changes at once and could do with a helping hand. There are many alcohol support groups available locally and your doctor’s surgery will be able to point you in the right direction. But if you’ve just decided to go sober for a month or two, or to reduce alcohol just to weekends only, why not take up a new hobby to divert your focus? 

Get more sleep

What difference could an extra hour of sleep make in your life? Maybe quite a lot, experts say. Studies show that the gap between getting just enough sleep and getting too little sleep may affect your health, your mood, your weight, and even your sex life.

Take time out

Given our hectic, stressful lifestyles, it’s no wonder that “enjoying life more” has become a popular resolution. It's an important step to a happier and healthier you. Why not pledge to visit a spa on a regular basis and indulge in a relaxing treatment, plan a trip to the theatre or even join a holistic healing centre to try out something new?

Learn a new skill

Whether it’s learning a new language, fixing your computer or taking a decent photograph, there are hundreds of courses available at nearby colleges and learning centres to develop new skills. Whether you take a course or simply set a goal to read a book once a month, you’ll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating New Year’s resolutions to keep. And don’t forget all those new sports on offer at your local leisure centre.

Volunteering / Help others

Volunteering can take on many forms and is one of the most rewarding things you can do with your spare time. Whether you choose to help out in a charity shop, clear litter, mentor a child or help the elderly, there are many organisations that could use your help. Visit your local community centre or log on to your chosen charity’s website for more details.  

Declutter your life / home

Have a major clear out and support your local charity by donating good quality unwanted items which can be resold to raise money. Sifting out your clutter is extremely therapeutic too. Or raise some cash yourself by holding a car boot sale.

If any apply to you there's [plenty of help online if you search for your chosen topic. Good luck and Happy New Year.

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