As summer approaches, so does everyone’s favourite excuse for a midnight smooch: the New Year is almost upon us! But nobody wants to be the January 1st gym-joiner who stops going after three visits. So we’ve put together some tips for motivation and being a better you in the New Year.
Save money like you mean it
Set realistic goals when it comes to moneysaving. Boring as it may be, it’s important to sit down and plan out every aspect of your budget, from what you earn to your weekly spending habits. From there you can assess your problem areas (online shopping anyone?) and adjust your spending accordingly. Watch those dollars pile up!
Set firm goals
Don’t come up with vague, ambiguous resolutions like “get healthy” or “travel more”. They’re too hard to stick to. Instead, set firm goals you can work towards, such as starting every day with fruit and yoghurt, walking every evening or deciding you’ll pick a destination and book flights by April. Having firm resolutions will encourage you to work harder at sticking to them.
Make 2017 your year of beauty
Everyone needs a solid beauty routine, and what better time to revamp your skincare than high summer? Make a pact with yourself to take proper care of your skin. Eye cream, sunscreen, serum: the works. Show your face and body some love and reap the rewards of looking like your best self!
Be firm, but not hard on yourself
So you skipped a gym sesh, or caved and ate half a block of chocolate. Relax! You haven’t ruined all your hard work. A rest day or a naughty treat is not the end of the world, or even a setback. Don’t punish yourself – just enjoy your moment of naughtiness and then recommit to the end goal.
Don’t get overwhelmed
If your big fitness goal or life overhaul seems like it’s too big to achieve, step back. Take a breath – you don’t have to do this all in one go. Try breaking your resolution up into mini-goals. Take it a week at a time, and as your small achievements add up, you’ll get closer and closer to the broader resolution.
Words: Hanna Sloan