6 positive New year’s resolutions and how to stick to them

03rd Jan 2018

With the holiday season, already behind us, many people are reflecting on the choices they made last year and thinking of how they can make changes to better themselves for 2018.

Here at Kindred, we have evaluated the top 6 New Year’s resolutions to make positive changes to yourself in 2018 and detailed some effective ways of achieving these to get you on the right foot for the year.

Get in (better) Shape

Losing weight is one of the top resolutions set on January 1st, combined with “exercise more” and “stay fit and healthy” it is something that over a third of the population wishes to achieve. Although we think you look great just as you are, if toning up would help your confidence, we can suggest some simple tips. It’s easy enough to start an exercise and diet program, but the trick is to find a decent one that will give you steady results and will be easy to stick to in the long run. Try getting a fitness watch such as an Apple Watch or a Fitbit to help motivate you, these can be connected to most mobile devices to help you monitor your movements against your daily calorie intake. You can even connect with friends with similar devices to give each other motivation or even a bit of healthy competition at who can reach their goals the fastest.

Start eating healthier food

Following on from the most popular resolution, eating healthier food is great for the body and mind. Switching to a healthier diet can be incredibly tricky when we are surrounded by the leftovers from Christmas and numerous open Chocolate boxes. With a good amount of determination and some basic tips you can slowly develop healthier eating habits. There are also many forums and blogs for discussing tips and sharing healthy recipes. We love following the food and lifestyle blogger; Kathryn Bruton, not only do her recipes look good, they will have you feeling good too. 

If you do invest in a fitness device to help motivate your journey to a healthier you, you can actually sync up specific apps like ‘My fitness pal’ with the devices to further aid your journey. 

Get More Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important things you can do to aid your well-being, getting your zz’s in helps your body fight off illnesses, like the cold and flu, and it can even benefit you with a better memory and clearer thinking. For a healthier you, try and get between 7 or 8 hours of sleep per night and if you have trouble drifting off on a night why not try these handy tips to aid a better sleep. 

  • Try to wake up and go to sleep at the same time every day
  • Don’t eat too late in the evening especially not right before going to sleep
  • Ensure you have comfortable pillows and mattresses
  • Don’t consume caffeine late in the day
  • Avoid bright screens within 1-2 hours of your bedtime if you can
  • And when it’s time to sleep make sure the room is dark

If you find yourself struggling to sleep as it is too hot at night, check out our blog with our top tips for a cooler night sleep.

Unplug and unwind

Some people might not spend hours in front of the TV, or on mobile phones, but emailing, texting and using social media, have become serious addictions among many of us. It is great to stay in touch with friends and family, but if you consistently spend more than an hour every day on social media, it’s time to make a change. The constant buzz of a phone and email messages makes it quite hard to relax. 

Make time to put the technology away and reconnect with those who are important to us.

Spending more time with the people that matter

It seems simple but one way to ensure you have a more rewarding 2018 is to spend more time with those that you are closest to. Family time is an essential factor that helps to create strong bonds, love, connections, and relationship among family members. Spending quality time with family can help in coping with challenges, instil a feeling of security, encourage good family values, and much more.

We often think that it’s all about quantity when it comes to the time we spend together whereas it should be the quality of the time spent together that counts. It doesn’t need to be expensive either, something as simple as sharing meals together without the distraction of television or mobile phones, is a start. You could even, play cards, games or sports, take holidays together, go camping, watch movies, or share hobbies.

Smile more

Our final positive change would be to smile more! Our facial expressions do more than communicate our current mood — they have the ability to influence our mood as well. Our emotions may originate in the brain, but the muscles in the face either reinforce or transform those feelings.

If you woke up on the wrong side of the bed or struggled through that morning commute to a job you don’t particularly enjoy, it can be a tough task to plaster a smile across your face when you’re feeling less than chipper, but by choosing to smile, happy changes start to occur automatically, both internally and externally.

Here are 5 reasons why you should smile every day.

  1. smiling is a Universal Language we all understand
  2. Smiling can improve your mood and help reduce stress
  3. Smiling requires less effort than frowning because fewer facial muscles are used.
  4. Smiling has been known to boost productivity
  5. And it can make you more approachable & trustworthy

Do you have a New Years resolution for 2018?