It’s that time of year again to start thinking of those New Year’s resolutions. Winter has always been a time for looking back to the past and forward to the coming year. However very few of us actually stick to our resolutions. Here are five of the top New Year’s resolutions you’ll be most likely to make this year and how to stick to them.
We’ve all been there wanting to lose the extra pounds we’ve put on at Christmas. Finally using that gym membership that’s been collecting dust the past year. However, through the year a lot of us give up on keeping fit and go back to our old habits. Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors when it comes to losing weight and keeping fit. Stick to a healthy weight loss programme or fitness regime and you’ll see a difference by the end of the year.
If you have decided it’s time to stamp out your smoking habit there are plenty of ways to help you nip it in the bud. There are over-the-counter nicotine replacements such as nicotine patches and chewing gum that have been proven to help with those cravings you get when trying to quit. Even if you have tried to quit in the past and failed, don’t let that get you down. On average, smokers try about four times before quitting for good. There are also free support services and hotlines to help you stop smoking for the new year.
Wanting to travel more and see new places is tempting especially if you’re stuck in a rut. Travelling is one of the most common resolutions you hear about. At the start of the year you should make a reasonable list of places you would like to try and visit that year, whether it’s a two-week holiday abroad or a day out somewhere. You should be sure to be specific to where you want to go because vague ideas rarely get done, but attainable goals are something you can work. You could even make it more fun by travelling with friends or family and share new experiences together.
Get More Sleep
As students it’s hard to get sleep when you’ve got such a busy lifestyle trying to cram studying and partying in the week. However, sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your well-being. Many of us stay up into the wee hours and wake up before we are fully rested. You should try following a circadian rhythm by getting to bed early waking up early. Other things you can do to help are cutting down on caffeine before you settle down and even doing some sort activity to make you tired before you go to bed. Making small changes like these will help improve your sleeping pattern and you’ll see a difference right away.
Save More Money
Saving money can be hard but it is important to save and put money away for a rainy day. Putting away a small amount each week or each month can add up over the long run. This will help when you need some spending money when the unexpected happens instead of having to scrimp by till pay day. Try not wasting your money on things you don’t need just because the money’s there and put it away for when you will need it, whether that’s having to pay to get your phone fixed or booking an out-of-the-blue trip with your friends.