With so many past experiences of failed promises to yourself the thought of making another resolution may seem a little daunting, and maybe even pointless. However, if done in the right way they can positively enrich your life, everyone has room for a little improvement... even Beyoncé. The key is to make them realistic, very few people are going to be able to uphold “I will never drink alcohol” if every weekend of 2014 involved a bottle of wine and a drunken critique of Saturday night TV or “I will work out 5 times a week” is unlikely to succeed if you haven't visited a gym since Will Young won Pop Idol. However, by making them achievable such as; reducing the gym to twice a week, or by including exceptions to the drinking rule such as special occasions then there is no reason they can't work.
- Do something exciting/different every day. You may be thinking “what? Doesn't that go against everything she has just said”. No because I'm not saying go and organise yourself an extreme sport or momentous voyage into the unknown every day. Just simple things like baking a cake, taking your kids (or family members') on a day trip to the park or organising a PJ party with friends. It's just something every day that makes you smile and appreciate the world and the people in it. This is my resolution every year and it really does work, if only I could remember to keep it past March... 2015 is my year though I'm sure.
- Spend less time on social network sites and watching television.We are all guilty of sitting on our laptops Googling the most random of things and Facebook stalking someone you went to school with for hours. But why not limit your time online and sitting in front of a box and spend more time maybe actually talking to real life people? Just an idea!
- Improve my diet and exercise regime. The benefits to a healthy lifestyle are endless you don't need me to tell you that. By trying to indulge in a more balanced lifestyle and occasionally sporting your work out clothes you are likely to see an improved physique, the release of endorphins (Elle Woods in Legally Blonde taught these make you happy and prevent you from killing your husband), and generally feel healthier.
- Take more photos. I personally love sitting down and looking through old photos and laughing at the lovely memories I have. But I often forget to take them, taking more photos could mean preserving those special moments for longer, and with smart phones taking just as good photos as digital cameras it has never been easier.
Good luck with whatever you decide to do and of course Happy New year!
*This was originally published on Cardiff Times.