Current Hot Topic for January 2019
New Year Goals for 2019
It’s that time of year when, after weeks of excess food and alcohol consumption, we turn our attentions to self-improvement with New Year resolutions .
You can drastically improve your chances of keeping your New Year’s resolutions by setting yourself achievable goals on a small scale.
It may be quitting alcohol for a month, switching to vegetarian food one day a week, or maybe cutting down on how much you spend, or how much single-use plastic you get through.
To jumpstart the self-improvement kick for your impending 2019, we’ve come up with a few suggestions about what kind of resolutions might be achievable.
1. Turn your phone off
Try and switch your smartphone off a bit more. We’re pretty sure your family would rather you looked them in the eye and told them about your day than rattled through another level of Candy Crush at teatime.
2. Eat vegetarian one day a week
This will broaden your diet – simply grab a couple of the cookbooks we all have on our shelves and start planning meat-free meals for one day a week.
3. Stop buying material goods
Do you buy a lot of cheap disposable fashion? Ditch the sweatshop addiction and try and do six months surviving on what you own already. As far as New Year’s resolutions go this is a difficult one, but it will be hugely rewarding if you manage it – and think of the money you’d save!
4. Walk to work
It’s an oldie but a goldie. Even if your work is too far to walk, try parking a little further away or getting off the bus a stop early. Adding more footsteps to your day can increase fitness, and a brisk walk in the morning will set you up for the day.
5. Read more books
Whether it be through supporting your local library or via that Kindle you were given by Santa, why not hit the classics for some rewarding escapism.
6. Participate in Dry January
You could join thousands of Dryathletes dropping the drink this January and raising money to help beat cancer. Sign up now for all the support you need. https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/get-involved/do-your-own-fundraising/dryathlon
7. Try something new every day
A very loose idea, but whether it’s cooking a new recipe, taking five minutes to meditate, or even just walking a different way to work, trying something new every day will open you up to new experiences and opportunities.
8. Be more charitable
Set yourself the challenge of one charitable act a month. You could start by dropping off any unwanted Christmas presents at your local charity shop, or you could book an appointment to give blood. You could spend a weekend volunteering in a food bank, or you could make a donation to your favourite charity.
9. Take care of yourself
It’s important that you devote some time to self-care
– Whatever that might look like for you. Whether that’s spending a weekend in bed watching Netflix, or taking yourself on a long, solitary walk, make sure you’re looking after your own wellbeing.
What ideas do you have for your new year resolutions?