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07 Jan 2019
The past 12 months have gone by so quickly and, just like that, we’re at the start of a new year. Did we stick to our 2018 resolutions? No. Did we achieve everything we wanted to? Probably not. It could be so easy to view these things as failures but is that only because we set ourselves up to fail from the very start?
Every January we hear ’new year, new me’. Whether it relates to health, finances or work, we seem to think the changes we make need to be bold and a complete 180-degree turn around. Setting such high expectations and believing we can make a success of each one puts us under immense pressure from the get-go and can, in the majority of cases, only be sustained for a short period of time.
Yes, a new year brings opportunities for a fresh start but in 2019 make it your goal to put into action small changes that you can realistically stick with.
We don’t know about you, but we like to head into the New Year with a super clean and tidy house. It’s always our intention to keep it this way, and we start off well, tackling the whole house with enthusiasm, but our fussiness quickly falls by the wayside.
Not everyone is a born Mrs Hinch or Marie Kondo and sometimes, after a long day of commuting/working/looking after the kids, the last thing you want to do is break out the hoover, duster, mop and bleach and set to work. Likewise, Saturdays and Sundays are meant to be spent doing what you love, not cleaning bathrooms and scrubbing floors, so leaving all the housework until the weekend isn’t a great option either.
Making small changes to how you live in your home will become second nature and result in a much smaller chore list, leaving you more time to relax.
These all seem totally obvious but taking a few minutes to consciously tidy up as you go reduces the amount of time you need to spend doing housework.
While people have always been busy, now more than ever we seem to be juggling work, family and obligations – sometimes without much success. Applying organisation to all aspects of your life is a small change that will make a huge difference.
Diet and Exercise
This is where we regularly fall down when it comes to following through with resolutions. We’re good at clearing the house of Christmas goodies (if you eat them all at once before the start of January, the calories don’t count) and we always think that this year will be the year. However, chances are if you’re not a fan of exercising and healthy eating on December 31, you’re unlikely to magically become a fitness superstar on January 1.
So how can we make changes to our lifestyle so that we become healthier and fitter, without falling at the first hurdle? Our tips:
The festive season is a time to reflect on relationships, good and bad. Maybe tensions have been running high over the past few weeks and you’re at the end of your tether with your partner or family members. Perhaps you got a card from a friend you haven’t seen in years, complete with the token ‘we must meet up for coffee’ invitation, which you both know won’t happen.
The changes you make here don’t need to be drastic to be effective.
Speaking of feelings, it’s often easy to neglect the one person in your life you should be taking care of – yourself. Over the past few years, we’ve all become more aware of the importance of looking after our own well-being and mental health, but it’s still difficult to justify taking the time to focus on you.
As we said at the start, small changes are easier to make and more sustainable than grand declarations of swearing off everything and changing your life completely. Choosing to commit to something, whether it’s once a week or once a month, gets you into a routine that you’re more likely to continue with long after January is over. Our tips:
Keep it real in 2019 and let’s reconvene next January to see how we did.
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