12 Christmas Blogs #11: New Year’s Resolutions

Health | by | 31st Dec 2016

Welcome to the eleventh of our 12 Christmas Blogs that will lead you through the festivities up to the 2nd of January. We will be looking at lots of different subjects including coping with the stresses of Christmas, recipe ideas, debt, savings and New Year’s resolutions. So come back each day to see what topic we’ll be discussing.

Decided on a New Year’s Resolution? In today’s blog we look at how to stick with them and share a few tips on the most common resolutions.

5 tips on sticking with your resolution

1. Tell someone you’re doing it

Going public can help motivate you to succeed as you don’t want to let yourself or others down

2. Expect to fail a little bit

If you’re giving something up then it’s not a total disaster if you revert to old habits once or twice. Just make sure they’re tiny blips on the road to success and don’t make it a reason to give up.

3. Break it down

If your resolution is a bit of a biggie then break it down into smaller, more manageable steps. Setting up a series of goals will make it a lot easier to achieve your ultimate aim.

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4. Graphs!

Related to the above, record your progress and see how far you’ve come. A visual representation of your hard can work wonders if your enthusiasm is starting to sag. Journals and spreadsheets can also be used but graphs are the best.

5. Pick one resolution

Don’t spread yourself too thin, pick one resolution and stick to it. You’re more likely to fail if you try and completely overall your life with several resolutions.

Not picked a New Year’s Resolution yet? Here’s five to select from…

Get fit / lose weight

Most people feel a bit bloated after the excesses of Christmas and New Year, so losing weight and getting fit is one of the more common resolutions. Not sure how to get started? Check out the 5 Exercises Busy Parents Can Do Anywhere that GRIP did for us a couple of days ago. If that looks a little bit intense then how about a big family walk? If it’s healthy eating you’re after then check out Change4Life Wales.

Learn Language

If physical exercise isn’t really your bag then why not study something such as learning language? Here in Wales the Welsh Government is encouraging people to learn Welsh through their Cymraeg project. It’s a great starting point to learn the language.

Duolingo Logo for New Year's Resolutions Article

If you’re after something more app-based then give Duolingo a go. Apparently the Welsh isn’t that great but I used the French version to brush on my français before I headed out for the Euros this summer and it was a brilliant. Duolingo turns learning language into a game and is available in:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Dutch
  • Irish
  • Danish
  • Swedish
  • Russian
  • Polish
  • Romanian
  • Greek
  • Esperanto
  • Turkish
  • Vietnamese
  • Hebrew
  • Norwegian
  • Ukrainian
  • Hungarian
  • Welsh

It’s also free.

Rather learn a computer language than a human language? Then Codecademy is another free, game-like resource that can teach you programming languages. HTML, Python and Ruby are available to learn.

Quit smoking

Your local pharmacy should be your first port of call. Yet there’s also loads of information, advice and services available online. Wales’ leading smokefree organisation is ASH Wales, Stop Smoking Wales is the NHS’s dedicated service and there’s even a service just for under 25s called The Filter.

Dry January Logo for resolutions article

Drink less

Ever woken up on New Year’s Day and thought ‘I’m never drinking again’? Many people have and now Dry January is an annual tradition. Alcohol Concern is behind the big campaign and encourages fundraising as well as abstinence.

Save money

The bank balance can take a pounding at this time of year. The Money Advice Service is your friend here, as they’ve got loads of articles, calculators and tips on how to start saving.

Join us each day until 2nd January for more of our 12 Christmas Blogs

Helpline Graphic

Want to find out about services available to you and your child in your area? Do you need advice or support on family matters? Then get in touch with the FamilyPoint Cymru helpline. We are open over the festive period, even on Christmas Day.

  • Phone: 0300 222 57 57
  • Text: 07860 052 905
  • Instant message (see below)

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