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2024 new year's resolutions; tips for keeping them

Tips for sticking to your New Year's Resolutions

Have you made resolutions for 2024? 

There are plenty of things you can try to do this year to have a positive impact, whether it's dedicating your time at a local charity, improving your fitness and health, or quitting smoking and/or drinking.

Here are some of the most common resolutions and tips for sticking to them!

Exercise more

Getting more active can improve your overall health, and has benefits for both your mental and physical wellbeing. You may want to lose weight or build endurance, which can be done in lots of fun ways like joining the gym, trying a new sport or signing up for fitness classes.

Top tip

Start small and gradually increase intensity. Find an activity you enjoy, join a fitness class, or work out with a friend to stay motivated.

Eat healthier

There are lots of benefits to improving your diet including boosting energy, preventing obesity and reducing the risk of serious health conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

Top tip

Plan your meals, incorporate more fruits and vegetables, and gradually replace unhealthy snacks with nutritious ones. Don't deprive yourself; focus on moderation.

Save money

Another extremely common resolution that people make is to save money and improve their financial situation. This could include saving up for a certain item or event, like a holiday, new home or car, as well as paying off debt if you have it.

Top tip

Create a budget, track expenses, and identify areas where you can cut back. Set specific savings goals and automate transfers to a savings account.

Learn something new

Want to achieve something in 2024? You could choose to learn something new, like speaking another language, learning a new craft or play a new sport. If you want to upskill in your career, you could enrol in a course, learn a new skill which would help you professionally or even attend networking to meet new contacts.

Top tip

Set aside dedicated time for learning. Whether it's a language, instrument, or a new skill, break it down into smaller tasks and celebrate progress.

Cut out the bad habits

Sick of spending money on things like cigarettes and alcohol? As well as being expensive, they can also be extremely bad for your health. If you get to then end of 2024 and have managed to give up, you will definitely feel accomplished!

Top tip

Seek professional help if needed, join a support group, and replace unhealthy habits with positive ones. Identify triggers and find alternative coping mechanisms.

Improve mental health

Your mental health is just as important as physical, and it's important to put yourself first. You should practice regular self-care, which could a monthly night out with your friends

Top tip

There is no shame in asking for help. If you think that it's something more than the 'January blues', reach out to professional and seek emotional support from your loved ones.

Get organised

The new year is the perfect time to clear your home and get organised. Making space, organising storage, decluttering drawers and sorting belongings will not only make your house look nicer but will make you feel positive too.

If you have clothes, shoes, toys, linens and other things you don't use any more, they will probably be greatly appreciated at your local charity shop.

Top tip

Break down larger tasks into smaller, manageable ones. Declutter regularly, create to-do lists, and use tools like calendars or apps to stay organised.

Spend more time with family and friends

It's important to make time for your loved ones, no matter how busy you are. Going for a coffee, watching as movie or simply enjoying a meal together can mean the world to them.

Now is the time to make memories and appreciate the time with your family and friends.

Top tip

Schedule regular quality time, put away electronic devices during gatherings, and communicate openly about your intentions to strengthen relationships.

To increase the likelihood of sticking to your resolutions, it's essential to set realistic and achievable goals, track your progress, stay accountable, and be flexible in adapting your approach as needed.

Additionally, consider sharing your resolutions with friends or family for added support and encouragement.