The time of resolutions is upon us! Brace yourselves folks as we enter crazy season and become determined to become the best possible versions of ourselves. Out go the Christmas pudding cocktails and panettone for breakfast and in comes the 22 day juice diet and 100 tricep dips before dawn.
Almost half of us will make a resolution but only 10% of us stick to them for the duration with a third ditching the resolve by the end of January. Some 66% of these are fitness goals with weight loss, volunteering more, finding ‘me time’ and de-stressing all making the top five. Wellbeing is;
Three of the top five all be achieved by simply choosing to live more actively. There is so much evidence to support the benefits of exercise in your life and they go way beyond fitting into your favourite jeans.
With an increasing number of apps, gadgets and options it really has never been easier. The trick to keeping on track is to set a clear goal and make an action plan for reaching it. Find something you enjoy doing, find a trainer or class that motivates you or rope in a friend to help keep that motivation high!
We all live far busier lives than our parents or grandparents did and while this can be hugely satisfying the endless stream of work, kids classes, social media, housework, friends and family can become demanding.
Taking time for yourself, where you step out and enjoy something that’s just about you, has many physical and psychological rewards. You recharge, chill out and bounce back into your life feeling happier and ready for another spin round the ballet class / karate / running club circuit!
Gyms, classes and personal trainers are also a great way to step out and enjoy some time yourself.
Trying something new or rediscovering an old interest is a great way to build confidence and add some joy to your life. It can be as simple as signing up for a course or taking on a different responsibility at work. Maybe you could try a new recipe every week from our fab recipe section!
Volunteering has been proven to be good for the heart and soul (http://www.smallcitybigpersonality.co.uk/Good-For-The-Heart-and-Soul). When we do something altruistic and think of others, we can find a new type of happiness that links us to the wider community. This can be incredibly rewarding and many people find that a resolution that gives something back brings personal fulfilment and enrichment.
There are many services in Perth that require volunteers and they would all be grateful for an hour or two of your time on a monthly, weekly or less frequent basis.