New Year's Resolution Ideas

As 2014 comes to a close, it’s time to look ahead to the new year. More importantly, it’s time to write those all-important New Year’s resolution lists. Christmas is a great time to reflect on the year gone by. You can pick out all the best aspects and learn from the mistakes. Before you write your New Year’s resolutions, take a quick look back on 2014. Did you stick to last year’s resolutions? Do you wish you’d done more?

The key to a successful New Year’s resolution list is realistic targets. Try not to be too ambitious unless you have a good plan to complete it. Instead, you should make a list of lots of small changes you can make. Each of these changes should serve a bigger purpose and change your life for the better. The biggest changes always come from the smallest ideas. Here are four of the best ideas for your New Year’s resolution list.


Spend more time with your family

With our hectic lives it can be difficult to see the family. Especially if you have relatives all over the country or abroad. Finding a free weekend when you have children and other commitments isn’t always easy. However, make 2015 the year you make a concerted effort to see more of the family. At the end of the year, you’ll be pleased you did. If you see family at Christmas, schedule in some dates in advance and keep them clear. Plan fun activities and group gatherings.

Eat healthier

This is a small change to your life that will make a big difference. Try not to set specific targets for weight loss as it will become too consuming and you’re more likely to give up. Instead, just change the meals you eat. Make a ‘No’ list of the bad foods you eat too much of and try to cut them out. Cut out snacks and resolve to cook at least one good, healthy meal a day. Your body will feel better instantly. You’ll have more energy and motivation. This will help you in other aspects of your life, whether it’s looking after the kids or pursuing your career.

Travel

Traveling will really broaden your horizons and give you a new perspective on life. Too often our lives get stuck in a rut and we crave new experiences. Why not start learning a new language too and combine the two ideas. Visit British-Study for advice on picking up a new language. Then set a date, destination and budget. Slowly work towards it every day.

Exercise

This is the most common New Year’s resolution. That doesn’t mean you can’t include it. In fact, you should. Again, try not to put too much pressure on yourself. Increase your fitness regime slowly. You don’t have to join a gym. Instead commit to doing some aerobics once a week. Try walking to work instead of driving. Do squats or abs crunches while watching TV a few nights a week. You can slowly increase this when you feel confident to do so.

Whatever you decide, pick something that is suitable for your lifestyle and you think is realistic.

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