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New Years resolutions

New Years resolutions

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all well and ready for uni next week.

Following on from my previous blog post, I thought this week I would chat to you about new years’ resolutions. Now I’m not going to lie, I am one of those people who sets resolutions.  However, I don’t like the negativity that can surrounded them if you don’t complete them or only manage to make it two weeks into the new year etc.  Therefore, I try to look at them in a very relaxed way and I guess you could say I don’t set specific goals.  Instead, I tend to look at aspirations or achievements I want to make and don’t put a number or a time limit on them – Hopefully his will make more sense when you see my 2018 resolutions!

  1. Make healthier food choices – I didn’t want to be specific with my goals and say something along the lines of cutting out chocolate or sweets completely as I feel sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself to these! However, recently I have been getting  into the idea of living a much healthier lifestyle. I’ve decided to change some areas of my diet and make healthier choices with the food I eat.
  2. Drink more water – Those who know me well will know that I often suffer from headaches, and as bad as it sounds I always carry paracetamol or ibuprofen with me just in case. I have always been told that I need to drink more as a way of preventing headaches and not taking as much paracetamol as I know this isn’t a healthy thing to do. Linking in with my first resolution, I felt water was the healthier option to staying hydrated and is definitely something I am going to try and take with me whereever I go.
  3. Try new food – When I was younger, I grew up eating the type of meals every child eats such as spaghetti bolognese or toad in the hole and of course nuggets! Although I loved this as a child and still eat them, now I am older and having seen what other people like to eat since moving to uni, I have decided I want to branch out my taste buds. When setting this resolution, I haven’t been specific in the food I want to try. Instead, I am going to wait until I see something new and then try it whether this be for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  4. Exercise more – Again, I didn’t want to be specific and say something like go to the gym every day or lose X amount of weight as that’s not what I’m trying to do – it’s not sustainable. I am simply looking at the goal of having an overall healthier lifestyle.  So, I have decided to go to the gym more and try and find an exercise routine that works for me.
  5. Take more baths – Last year, I moved into a house with a bath, something very exciting as I haven’t had a bath in my house since I was very little. I soon discovered how relaxing they can be and, with the right products, how good for your skin they are. For this reason, I have decided to have more baths not because I don’t wash enough but as a way to relax and look after myself.
  6. Think about me – I have decided this year I’m going to think more about me and what I want and need. I should stop always putting others needs before my own and stop caring so much about what others think. I know it is nice to help other people, but when you start to forget about yourself it isn’t always a good thing. Last year in particular, I feel I thought more about others and what they thought or wanted before thinking about what I want or how I feel, so this year I have decided to try and not do this as much.  I have decided I am going to do this in relation to the idea of looking after me more which links in with the idea of eating healthier, exercising more and taking more baths!

I hope you enjoyed this post, if you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

Jessica x

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