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New Years Resolutions We Usually Fail On

Monday 01st January 2018

At this time of year comes the inevitable New Year’s resolution, something a lot us enter into with good intentions but find ourselves failing at before January has even finished. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make them of course, creating positive changes is a great way to start the New Year. The best tip would be not to overwhelm yourself by setting too many resolutions; pick one that is most important to you and focus on that first, the other resolutions can follow on throughout the year, after all you don’t have to limit changes to January.

Just in case you need a little extra help, we have picked some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions that people make and tips on how to stick to them.

Exercise more and Eat Healthier

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This one had to go first as it is probably the most common new year’s resolution of all time and I am pretty sure everyone at some point in their life has made the resolution that come January they are overhauling their health and fitness regime and only eating healthy nutritious meals followed by gruelling stints in the gym. How many of us have actually stuck with those New Year health and fitness plans long term though? Be honest…

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Here are some great tips from Xercise4less on ways you can keep to your new year’s fitness goals:

  • Treat yourself to new workout clothes
  • Set small achievable goals
  • Keep track of progress so you can see how far you’ve come, it will spur you on to continue!
  • Reward yourself when you reach goals, you could treat yourself to meal out or why not buy yourself a new outfit or a beauty treatment instead.
  • Learn about nutrition
  • Join a group or exercise with a friend for motivation
  • Don’t dwell on mistakes, learn from it and then move on.

Xercise for less are currently running an offer if you join before 2nd January; membership is £12.79 a month with 0% admin fee.

Spend More Time with Family and Friends

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It is quite ironic that in this day and age of multiple communication methods and social media people can feel out of touch with loved ones. Why not suggest to friends rotating having dinner at each other’s houses once a week or even once a month so everyone can catch up or make Sundays about getting together with family over a roast. Also make a point of setting an hour aside once a week to ring the people you know you should or send a text or email to loved ones. 

Save More, Spend Less

After over spending at Christmas whether it was on gifts or festive food (or both) chances are your bank balance is looking a bit sorry for itself. Deciding to spend less or save a little bit more doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the things you love; it is just about focusing on where your money is going and spending in moderation.

Here are some simple but effective ways to help you spend less:

  • Focus on clearing any debt you have first before making big purchases
  • Don’t impulse buy, sleep on it first and decide if you genuinely need it / will use it / can afford it
  • Plan your food shop and only do one big shop a month. Don’t be tempted to stray from your list by any deals you may see either!
  • For every new thing you buy, try and get rid of an old thing. You can make money selling things online if they are still of good quality or donate to charity.

Learn a new hobby

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Learning a new hobby is a brilliant way to broaden your skills and interests. So many of us are busy with life and work that we forget to take time for ourselves or invest in the things we love and are passionate about. So why not make 2018 the year you take up something new? If you’re looking for ideas then look no further than Marquee Models; they always have in store events details of which can be found on their Facebook page. Alternatively you could also enquire at Gatehouse Arts who are always looking for volunteers or Parndon Mill for courses and upcoming events.

Quit Smoking

We all know why we should quit smoking however it is easier said than done. If this is your resolution then firstly, focus on a strong reason you want to quit; protecting your family from second hand smoke or lowering the risk of illness in later life. Once focused you can choose from the vast array of methods out there to help you quit and decide which will work for you. You can find more tips from the NHS here.

Good luck whatever your resolution and happy New Year!


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