We’ve all made them and broken them before sun sets on January 1st. A few, more determined people might make it to January 3rd. And then there are the smug ones that last several months. But keeping New Year’s Resolutions can be tough.
That’s why we’ve handpicked our top 5 resolutions that we feel are worth putting some effort into. Let us know how you get on!
- Make family and friends a priority. Life can get pretty busy sometimes, especially with the increased pressure many of us are facing today to work long hours, do unpaid overtime and even take work home. But don’t allow work to take over your life. Put in healthy boundaries so that you get quality time with your loved ones. No one ever said on their death bed, ‘I wish I worked more hours and spent less time with my family’.
- Give more to charity. I know times are tight for many people with the current economic climate, but there’s always someone worse off who could do with your help. Most charities will allow you to set up a standing order for as little as £2 a month, and it can make a real difference to someone’s life. For example, WaterAid claims that a donation of just £2 a month can give a child clean, safe drinking water for life. That’s less than the price of a coffee at Starbucks to save someone’s life.
- Take care of yourself. Whether its quitting smoking, loosing a few pounds or getting out of a difficult relationship, now is the time to change your life for the better. Making big life changes like this is rarely easy, but it’s really important that you don’t give up on yourself. (Click the links above for advice on how to get help). And for those of us who simply need to rest more and take a bit of ‘me time’, why not book in for a massage at Restoring Health? It’s a great way to relax…
- Be grateful for what you have. Life can be tough sometimes, and it’s easy to wish we have more or better of something; as they say, ‘grass is always greener on the other side’. But there are always things in life that we can be grateful for, and in my personal experience, taking the time to be grateful for what we do have, rather than being unhappy about what we don’t have, helps to cultivate contentment and even joy. There are many things in life that we may take for granted that the majority of the world’s population would be thrilled with. So next time you turn on the tap in your home and clean, hot water flows out, or you open the fridge and there is food inside, take a minute to be thankful for what you have, and it might just give you the strength to cope with what you don’t have. (Tip: Write down 10 things every day that you are grateful for and see the difference it makes)
- Be kind. This one sounds a bit obvious but you’d be amazed at how unkind or thoughtless people can be. Ask a cashier how their day is going, help someone carry their suitcases, bless a friend with a massage voucher (from Restoring Health of course!) Extending kindness usually costs us very little, but the impact it has on the recipient can be massive (likewise a little unkindness goes a long way too, even when unintended). Let’s go the extra mile and treat people with the dignity and respect they deserve, even when we’re busy or having a bad day…
Wishing you a Happy New Year from Restoring Health!