The New Year is fast approaching, and with its own
excitements and challenges of course. But here are some resolutions you may
love to make in order to enjoy 2017 your own way.
Learn something you
never learnt as a child
You may run your own company, pay your own bills and
parallel park like a pro, but do you know how to do a handstand or ride a bike?
For this New Year’s resolution it’s time to nurture your inner child and learn
that thing that you never learned to do. Whether it’s the number of days in
each month, how to spell “necessary” correctly, how to ride a bike or swim, we
all have something we never learnt as a child that everyone else seems to know.
Set this to rights and have some fun at the same time by redressing this gap in
your knowledge. Your younger self would be proud!
Sort out a financial
To help get your year off to a good start, try getting your
finances in order by making a resolution to sort out one area of financial
worry. Perhaps you spend a fortune on petrol or maybe it is your food bills
that are blowing your budget? Think of some alternatives to the main causes of
financial stress, such as cycling to work instead of driving, growing your own
vegetables or making your own beauty products. Not only will coming up with
alternative solutions help you save some money, but you may also find that you
enjoy them and that they boost your health too.
Try a new food each
Rather than cutting out foods from your diet as with so many
New Year’s resolutions, opt to add more foods in to your diet next year instead
(bonus points if they’re green!). Many of us don’t eat a varied enough diet, so
ensure you are getting all the nutrients your body needs – as well as enhancing
your enjoyment of food – by making a resolution to try a new food each week.
Try hitting the fruit and veg aisle first to sample some exotic fruit and
vegetables you may have yet to try, such as dragon fruit, lychees, romanescu
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Develop a good
relationship with your body
Many traditional New Year’s resolutions centre around
improving our bodies in some way, whether by taking up a diet or joining a gym.
Next year, make it your resolution to start to love the body you’ve got
instead. While this doesn’t mean you can’t make changes to your diet and
fitness regime if your health requires it, it does mean starting to love who
you are in the process. Work on improving your body confidence by focusing on
the things you do like rather than those you don’t, and learn to dress
according to your body shape, showing off your favourite features.
Break a record
Want to give your confidence a boost and work towards a new
challenge? Then make this the year that you break a record! You could aim at
breaking a personal fitness record or, if you want to aim a little higher, set
your sights on a world one. With lots of diverse (and bizarre) records there
for the taking, this may not be as difficult as you think. Perhaps you could
burn off some kilojoules with the world’s longest kiss, the longest time spent
bouncing on a bouncy castle or the fastest one mile run completed wearing swim
fins... Yes, these are all real world record titles if you fancy your chances!
Learn a decent party
You know that party trick you’ve got, the one that always
comes out after a couple of drinks? Think about it; is it really so impressive
in the cold light of day? If the answer is no, it’s about time you learned a
new trick; one that will really impress. Mastering a new skill – no matter how
pointless – can increase your self-esteem, as well as earning you some serious
social kudos next time you reveal it in public. For a physical challenge, why
not work on your flexibility for a spot of contortion, or give yourself a
mental challenge and learn how to recite the alphabet backwards in less than 10
Get your photo taken
in five interesting places
If you’ve got the travel bug and want to see a bit more of
the world, why not make it a New Year’s resolution to visit five interesting
places you’ve always wanted to see? Even better, make a visual record of the
year by making sure you get a photo of yourself taken in each place. Good photo
opportunities include inside an igloo in Lapland, on the Great Wall of China,
inside a volcanic crater or floating in the Dead Sea, but use your imagination
to think of your own – the world’s your oyster after all.For
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