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New Year, New Beginnings!

Updated: Jan 10, 2018

by Dominique Beverton

The start of a new year is not only about new beginnings, it can also be an emotional time and stir up certain memories. We all head into a new year making plans and deciding to change our lives for the better, but when we start talking about ‘New Year's resolutions‘ it can feel all too overwhelming.

So, instead of making grand plans that you know you'll never stick to, make some ‘daily #resolutions‘, which I think are more achievable and easier to maintain. Which of these could you work into your daily routine? They're easier to manage, and will still make you feel brilliant as you change things for the better.

1) Walking. Yes, that old chestnut! But walking is so brilliant in terms of exercise and gives you that vital space to think. And, of course, it doesn't cost anything - bonus! Try walking for at least 20 minutes a day at a steady pace, plus 10 minutes at a faster pace, preferably without stopping.

2) Working in an office? Use the stairs! Again, same old, same old. Once hidden round the back of buildings, architects are now making stairs a central point of new buildings. Using stairs regularly instead of the lift is obviously harder work, but your stamina will improve, giving you more energy!

3) Start healthy eating, not a fad diet. Forget the diet, instead cut out one item of unhealthy food a day, be it dairy, meat, sugar or processed food. Doing this on a daily basis, and replacing it with a healthier option is far more achievable than an extreme diet regime, which can be hard to maintain. It may not seem like much, but you'll be amazed at the difference it makes.

4) Helping others. New Year's resolutions needn’t all be about diet and fitness. Think about giving something back through #volunteering, even if it’s just for a couple of hours a week, or by using your skills to teach others. Not only does this make you feel good, the benefits to other people and your local community is priceless.

Happy New Year from everyone at #CreativeLivingLondon!

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