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19 DEC 2018

NEW YEAR, NEW YOU?

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The 1st January is upon us and with that so too are expensive gym memberships and self-improvement goals. We are all conditioned to believe that despite the January blues, we will become better, more beautiful versions of ourselves.

As many of us will try to start 2019 with the optimistic view that a new year means a new you, the reality is that most of us have given up on our resolutions by the end of January.

Due to the pressures that we are exposed to through the media, we are led to believe that we need to set crazy ambitious goals for the new year. However, deep down we all know that there is no certainty that happiness stems from a gym membership or a diet of salad.

As 2018 comes to an end, it is the perfect time to make note of what you want to get out of 2019. If you do decide to set yourself some new year’s resolutions, rather than taking out a gym membership (which you know will become redundant after March) it might be a great time to create some resolutions that you genuinely want to strive for, making next year your best yet.

TRAVEL

Travelling is my favourite thing to do, and we are so lucky to be able to visit locations throughout the globe. I love visiting new places and ticking destinations off my bucket list.

If you are an avid traveller like me, then make the most out of your annual leave by taking short breaks to Europe over the weekends or if you are willing to pay more for pricier flights then the bank holidays are a great idea.

I personally find that the 4-day bank holiday weekend at Easter is too long to be at home for, so I have used this opportunity to take my first holiday of 2019, without using any annual leave. 

If you are apprehensive about travelling, then seek out advice from a range of sources. You can find everything you need to know online via blogs and forums. Tui offer some incredible package holidays which include flights, transfers and hotel. Alternatively, if having to travel solo is stopping you then there are a great range of retreats and trips for single people including yoga retreats in destinations such as Costa Rica and Thailand.

Now what are you waiting for? Go book that ticket!

Sourced: Yoga Journal

Sourced: Yoga Journal

CHARITY WORK

The UK has so many wonderful charities and organisations that support a wide range of causes offering help, advice and guidance. Charities are always looking for people to donate money or time, so you could fundraise on behalf of an organisation that you feel passionate about or even offer your time.

I am adding my name to the Simplyhealth Great North Run ballot, in the hopes that my name will get picked so that I can run on behalf of a chosen charity and my sister is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 2019 for Hope for Children.

Opting to fundraise on behalf of a charity means that you can set yourself a new personal goal whilst raising funds knowing that you are helping others.

In 2018, those relying on UK food banks reached the highest number on record. Once again, Open Communications took the chance to donate food to St Catherine’s Church & Centre rather than purchasing gifts for clients. What many of us don’t realise is that UK food banks make a difference to so many families who genuinely depend on these donations, so head down to your local food bank with a contribution. 

Sourced: Hope for Children

Sourced: Hope for Children

HAPPINESS AND HEALTH

A healthy lifestyle is important for so many reasons, but we are all guilty of over indulging, especially at Christmas time. Life is all about balance, it’s about enjoying the things you love, but it’s also about taking care of yourself.

By surrounding yourself with positive people, you will naturally feel happier. If you surround yourself with negative people, the chances are you will feel pessimistic about life. By making changes to ensure that your life is filled with good memories and experiences you will start to feel more content.

You also need to take care of yourself physically. Do you get tired after walking for ten minutes? Then start taking the stairs. Are you fed up of going out drinking but still want to socialise? Then join a club or a group; you can save money, become fitter and meet new people.

Everyone is different, so you have to figure out what makes you feel happy and healthy. Cooking, yoga, running, learning a new language or even starting a new business – there is no time like the present.

Sourced: Cycling Weekly

Sourced: Cycling Weekly

CAREER

Setting yourself new career goals is a great way to start your year. You know what you want to accomplish, what you want to learn and where you want to be this time next year. It also means that throughout the year you can reflect on your goals and use them as motivation.

If you figure out which way you work best, you can increase your productivity and channel this into your career, excelling through the duration of the year and contributing to your own success and that of the business you work for.

Sourced: Forbes

Sourced: Forbes

New Year, New You? This saying cannot be true because the truth is that we are who we are. However, there is no harm in wanting to do better because the only person who can define your future is you. If you don’t want to set career goals or hop on a plane, then don’t, just figure out where you want to go next in life. Life is a journey, so all we can do is enjoy it.

Happy New Year!

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