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6 Resolutions to make 2019 your best year yet

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Self-improvement is a common theme at the beginning of a new year, with most people making New Year’s resolutions to improve their lives for the better. Whether it’s losing weight with a healthier diet and more exercise, spending less and saving more money, getting a better job, starting your own business, improving your qualifications or working on your mental health, any resolution to better your life and make self-improvements has to be a good thing. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a new year to start thinking about making improvements in your life and you can make any one of these resolutions at any time during the year. But if you want to hit the ground running this January to make 2019 your best year yet, here are some suggestions that you might like.

#1. Boost your qualifications:

With distance learning courses, online degree courses, elearning programs, and night schools now more readily available than ever before, there’s never been a better time than 2019 to start thinking about boosting your qualifications and certificates. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about going back to university to take your master’s degree or maybe you’ve been toying with the idea of completing a vocational course in your chosen industry. Maybe you want to learn more about business and management via an online course to help you succeed in setting up your own business. The good news is that it’s become easier than ever for anybody to fit learning around their own schedule. You can enroll at any time of the year and fit your study schedule around your current work and family commitments.

#2. Exercise more:

Fitness is a common goal during the New Year and gyms are always packed to the brim in January, but as the months go on many people give up on this important New Year’s goal. Instead of going hard, make a conscious effort to make exercise a vital part of your lifestyle, rather than punishing yourself at the gym for all the treats you’ve had over the Christmas period. If crowded gyms aren’t for you, consider alternative ways of getting more active. Going for a walk or run every morning, cycling to work instead of driving, taking up swimming, or even getting a new puppy can all be wonderful ways to get your heart rate up without joining the local gym. Exercise isn’t just good for your body; it can also significantly impact your mind and mental health in a very positive way.

#3. Evaluate your spending habits:

Financial goals are another common theme when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you’re saving up to buy your own home, are putting money aside to invest in a business idea or simply want to have some cash stashed away for a rainy day. Whatever you’re saving up for, spending some time to evaluate and re-visit your spending habits is a great way to determine where you can make savings you may not even have been aware of previously.

Go through your bank statements to determine where you are spending money that could be eliminated or cut back on. Certain banking apps today are designed to help you track your spending, making it easier for you to see exactly where your money is going so that you can make changes where needed. In addition to leisure spending, make 2019 the year that you shop around for better deals on your essential expenses. Use comparison sites to find cheaper gas, electric, and broadband deals, or even consider moving to a cheaper area to save money on rent.

#4. Learn something new:

Make 2019 the year that you push yourself out of your comfort zone and learn something new that you may not have considered up to now. Trying new things is not only personally fulfilling. It can also help you professionally, allowing you to develop new skills that you can bring to your career, or finally find a hobby that you can turn into a profitable business idea in the future.

Spend some time learning a hobby that you’ve always wanted to try or surprise yourself by trying something that up until now, you haven’t been interested in. Perhaps you have a friend or family member who is passionate about something – try it with them and let them introduce you to it; you never know what the outcome might be. Don’t worry if you try something that isn’t for you. Learning new things and trying new experiences will help you discover more about who you are as a person, whether you end up passionate about them or not.

#5. Fix your sleeping pattern:

Have you often found yourself sitting awake into the early hours of the morning trying to get work finished, only to find that when you’re finally ready to sleep your body simply won’t shut down? Have you been dragging yourself out of bed in the morning, groggy and tired and completely unready to face the day ahead? This can quickly become a vicious cycle that can damage our bodies and minds over time.

Make 2019 the year that you take control of your own sleeping habits and give your body and mind the rest that it deserves. Start by improving your sleep hygiene. Make your bedroom a clean, clutter-free, relaxing sanctuary that encourages you to rest. If you can, take all screens out of your bedroom and make it an electronic-free zone. An hour before bed, stop using electronic devices and do something relaxing instead, such as taking a hot bath, listening to relaxing music, or reading a paperback. Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day, including on the weekend, as this will help support your body’s natural circadian rhythm.

#6. Practice gratitude:

Today, it can be all too easy to let mild annoyances wind us up and get us down. Practicing gratitude can do wonders for your mental health and help you appreciate your life more. It can be easy to take what we have for granted, so make 2019 the year that you think more positively about things, even when everything isn’t quite going the way that you’d hoped. It can help to attach grateful thoughts to situations that you aren’t best thrilled about.

For example, a co-worker is getting on your nerves, so it can be all too easy to get annoyed and let it get to you, but from a gratitude perspective, you could realise how grateful you are to have a job that pays you well. You are annoyed that a restaurant is out of stock of the ingredients for your favourite meal but grateful that you’re in a position where you can take your family out to eat. Thinking like this can help you put off negative thoughts in your mind and see the positive side in almost any situation that you may face. It will help you stop dwelling on the not-so-great aspects of life, and instead make it easier to focus on the good instead.

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2019? Did they make it to this list or do you have an uncommon resolution that’s personal to you? Whatever you’re working towards, we’ve love to hear from you in the comments.

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