Christmas has passed us in a flash & January can often be a time for self-reflection & making goals for the year ahead.
According to recent research, about 60 percent of us admit that we make New Year’s resolutions, but only about 8 percent are successful in achieving them – with the most popular resolution being ‘Dieting/eating healthier’ with 71% making the pledge.
Here are a few more interesting facts about New Year’s resolutions:
With many of us breaking resolutions in the first week, setting yourself achievable goals on a smaller scale will drastically improve your chances of keeping your 2019 resolutions! It may be completing dry Jan, eating vegetarian one day a week, or perhaps cutting down on how much single-use plastic you get through.
Struggling for some inspo? We’ve got 15 achievable & inspiring ideas to get your 2019 resolutions rocketing!
Try switching off your smart phone in the evenings (especially before bed) – not only are you more present with your family & friends, it actually will improve how quickly you fall asleep & your sleep quality overall.
"When we looked at smartphone use around the time when participants reported they went to bed, more smartphone use around that time in particular was associated with a longer time to fall asleep and worse sleep quality during the night," said Dr. Gregory Marcus, author of the study and an associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
It won’t cost you any additional money on top of your usual food shop, and you may just surprise yourself with how much you enjoy a meatless meal! With more people choosing to become vegan/vegetarian than ever before, there is a wide range of recipes and ingredient on offer to make the change!
Cheap disposable fashion is not only a drain on your purse strings, it’s also a drain on the environment! The Copenhagen Fashion Summit reported that the fashion industry is responsible for 92 million tons of solid waste dumped in landfills each year, whilst also being the second-biggest consumer of water.
Try six months making do with the clothes you have, or if you have an overwhelming urge to shop, try looking in charity shops – you’ll be surprised with what gems you’ll come across! Also look out for organic cotton when shopping, H&M and Inditex, the parent company of Zara, are among the world’s top five users of organic cotton in 2016.
Even if you don’t live close to work, try parking further away, or getting off a few bus stops earlier! Adding more steps into your day is not only good for your wellbeing, it will also give you an added boost of energy to start your day off!
Been meaning to take an hour to yourself and read that book? Swapping the TV for a book will certainly save you money on your energy spend, but it also has a lot of other benefits such as:
Planting some bulbs will be a nice surprise for later in the year when they bloom!
Studies have found that the mental health benefits of gardening are extensive. Not only can regular gardening reduce mental health problems like depression and anxiety, but it can also reduce stress and combat high blood pressure, as well as improving overall physical fitness. (Go on, give it a go!)
After what has been for some, a holiday season of drink, drink, and oh, more drink, it’s the month that a detox is probably needed by most of us. Join thousands of Brits braving the beverage free month this Jan and comple the dryathlon to raise money to help beat cancer. Sign up now for all the support on offer.
This one may be a hard, seeing as though January can be a pretty a miserable and broke month for a lot of us. However, paying someone a complement can really brighten their day as well as your own!
The physical and emotional health benefits associated with acts of kindness include increased productivity, decreased stress, pain and insomnia, as well as beneficial effects to the immune system and production of serotonin.
This is a good and challenging one! It doesn’t have to be something big! From trying new food to saying yes to a new experience like yoga – you may discover your new favourite hobby or cuisine!
Try setting yourself a challenge of doing one charitable act per month. Received any Christmas presents that weren’t very ‘you’? Why not drop them off to your local charity shop. Do you have any left over Christmas food that you never got round to opening that’s still in date? – Make a difference by dropping it off at the local food bank, where it will be gratefully received!
Making a few small lifestyle changes makes a surprising difference! Even cutting out a couple of pounds a week on take-away coffee can make a huge difference this time next year in how much you save (£120 a year, based on one coffee a week costing £2.50). Need some extra inspo? Perhaps set something to save up for, like a holiday, nice meal, or even something bigger!
We all know what it's like, life is busy, and it’s easy to forget about relatives during the week when you are in the midst of juggling work, home-life, cleaning, gyming, socialising, and goodness knows what else! However, the days can often seem very long and lonely for relatives that live alone. With loneliness on the rise, it’s becoming one of the biggest social issues within our society. A 2018 study by the British Red Cross reveals over 9 million people in the UK across all adult ages – more than the population of London – are either always or often lonely.
Taking the time after work or at the weekend to pop round for a cuppa and chat can make their week, and gives you the chance to have some quality time with them. Sometimes, we just need to press pause and remember how important family and friends are!
This was a hugely popular topic in 2018 – No matter how indulgent or fancy the term may sound, studies have found self-care is crucial for our physical, emotional and mental well-being.
Self-care activities that work:
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This will not only help your wallet, but the planet, too! As we enter the colder months, they bring us the joys of higher energy usage (and costs with it), de-icing the car & it being dark when you leave and get back from work. But with it, there are ways to cut down the energy you use with some of the following tips:
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