Dec 1, 2014

New Year Resolutions

It’s coming up to the time of year when New Year’s resolutions are thought up and new resolutions are made. Apparently one of the most common resolutions and also the one that gets discarded the most is promising to go to the gym more often. After a festive season of eating too many mince pies and sipping yet more glasses of wine, your there swaying nicely at the stroke of midnight promising that the next year will see you at the gym more. Next morning in the cold light of day you wonder why on earth you set yourself the impossible task of going to the gym once a week for the next year. That’s 52 visits you’re really not looking forward to. By week 3 you’re hiding your gym kit at the back of the cupboard.
I decided a few years ago that promising something for a whole year really is setting myself up to fail. So I try monthly resolutions. By promising just for a month it makes it more achievable and plus they say if you do something approximately 28 times then it becomes a habit. If it’s a habit it’s more likely to remain in your life. Plus if you check out places like you can save some pennies too on out lay on any of the monthly resolutions.

So what are some of the things you can do for a month? The one I always do first is to go vegetarian for a month. I think its particular good after the festive season and sets me up for the following year. Most years I carry it on well into summer. There is the good old favourite no alcohol for a month too which also a good one to start the year.

There are things like walk each day or cycle to work. I will be trying the walk more but I am also keen to sort my Health & Beauty out as the older I am getting the more I need it and I think I need a real shale up on this one. A new skin care range and makeup is needed I think to start me off on the right foot.

I will also be setting myself a challenge to recycle more as I am sure I still throw away too much. And to read more too by taking my kindle everywhere. There are lots of times I am stuck waiting to pick friends or family up and those minutes can be used to read a bit more.

The idea of the month resolutions is to pick something you want to do but only promise to do it for the month. Your mind then gets more into it as its only 4 little weeks and much more achievable. At the end of the month you may have the new resolution so easily slotted into your daily routine that you don’t notice it that much and carry on doing it. Just one thing, you can double up on some if you want but don’t do too many in a month. Otherwise it’s too much and your setting yourself up to fail again.

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