Happy New Year and welcome to 2014!

Wow
didn’t 2013 go fast and who can believe 2014 is already here, and how many of
you have made New Year’s resolutions? We
all do it, but only a handful will keep it going throughout the year and into
2015. So did yours involve food or
exercise or both? The most popular resolutions
that feature year after year include:

1. Losing
those extra few pounds you seemed to have carried over the year and added to over
the festive period. Visions of a toned
body fill your every thought. Followed
by a bowl of crisps or a really unhealthy portion of chocolate cake.

2. You
seemed to have doubled your alcohol intake in the last six months and with the
festive period only just over, it has reached a level you really don’t want to
be at. New Year’s Eve rolls into New
Year’s Day and you promise to give up drinking for the rest of the year. When the weekend arrives your promise becomes
only drink at the weekends.

3. Another
resolution that is at the top of some people’s list is give up smoking and it
has become a lot easier to do with the help of nicotine patches and fake
cigarettes. Even doctors’ surgeries are
more encouraging and often run a no smoking clinic to help you keep your
resolution in check. This is also one of
the hardest ones to achieve.

4. For
all those who tend to put work before everything else, a New Year can signal a
change in your priorities and time spent with your family and friends a more
regular occurrence. How many of you turn
down a chance to spend the day with your siblings or decline a friend’s kind
offer of dinner?

5. This
resolution is also for all you that spend your life at work and forget there
are other ways to enjoy your weekend.
Work is important and sometimes it needs your full commitment but don’t
make it a habit, get out there and start enjoying life. Even if you start small, like spending an
extra hour in bed, or keeping Sunday evenings work free.

6. Do
you feel as if you don’t do your share of helping others? Some people use the start of a New Year to
change that, even if it is popping into your elderly neighbour for a cup of tea
once a week. You might not think that is
helping but I bet you they are glad of the company. If you really want to take helping others
seriously there are loads of volunteering opportunities you can consider.

7. What
happens if you don’t smoke/drink/work to much/need to lose weight/already
volunteer? How about learning something
new and this can be anything from a learning a new language, to learning how to
paint or take pictures or maybe learning to drive or swim. There are so many new things you can learn,
so why not push the boat out and make 2014 the year you learn two new things.

8. This
is for all the unorganised. You know who
you are? You’re always late, you always
leave that important document at work when it needs to be at home, or at home
when it needs to be at work. You’re
forever misplacing your phone, your keys, your diary. Why not just tackle just one thing and get
that one right before trying to get totally organised. Being punctual goes a long way.

9. So
you over indulged over Christmas and then hit the Boxing Day sales. You pray the postman passes your door every
day and doesn’t deliver the evidence that your spending went a little out of
control. Don’t worry you’re not alone
and it can be fixed. How about you sit
down and take a long hard look at your finances and set yourself a target of
sorting out one thing at a time. See if
you can make any sensible cutbacks, like buying less goodies or walking instead
of driving, that’s if you don’t live in the middle of nowhere. The extra money you save why not put in a jar
and see what a difference it makes.

10. Another
popular resolution is the exercise one and can range from going for a walk to
attempting a charity race. This one
normally goes hand in hand with losing weight and can be as much fun as you
make it. If walking isn’t your thing, how
about swimming, tennis, aerobics, and even golf and why not get your family and
friends involved to keep you motivated.

Whichever
resolution you have made – good luck and keep at it!