Welcome to the New Year from me. I want to be the first to say I am don’t really do resolutions. I know my self that big proclamations at the start of the year can quickly fizzle into dust by week two of the New year and so, as a rule, I don’t do them. But I do like to have a Fresh Start to the New Year, time to wipe away the past and move onto something new.
Does that mean I will be running marathon’s this year? NO, but will I be doing Parkrun more – Yes! I am now a Parkrun Volunteer and I love it. I was at our local New Year’s Event this morning.
Parkrun organise free in conjuction with the VHI and Healthy Ireland. It is a weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.
These events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings , ours is in our local woodlands . People of every ability are encouraged to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience. We even have fourlegged friends involved!!
1. Clean up –
I never start a new year with an untidy house.
- so we clean out bins
- change the bedclothes
- and vacuum everything.
- My suggestion if you want a really clean slate check out my post on the Kon Mari method of tidying up.
If you want to take it slower try picking one habit and stick with it for one month.
Like making your bed in the morning or doing one load of washing a day. Flylady calls those baby steps and I am an exponent of her methods as they got me into shape many years ago when I was a disorganised mess.
2. Eat Fresh –
I don’t mean suddenly cut out everything nice in your life and go an a stringent diet. I mean instead of reaching for process food, pick something quick and tasty like these poached eggs and spinach and spring onion salad.
3. Drink fresh –
Try changing one drink a day for a large glass of lemon water it helps clear out your system. I drink mine in the morning and trust me it is much better than that glass of soda.
4. Exercise Fresh –
Now I do not mean you have to join a gym or suddenly start running 5k. Although you could walk 5k with Parkrun, You could try yoga, pilates, swimming, salsa class, zumba anything to get you moving.
5. Think Fresh –
I loved my 30 days of Being Grateful it really did change the way I see things and I still try and think of things to be grateful for every day. I am going to try a little reflective time before bed this year.
6.Sleep Fresh –
A good night’s Sleep is vital for good health and 6-8 hours is best for an adult. I am trying cut my bedtime down and go up a little earlier. I find these days I need it and those clean sheets are calling me.
Here are some Handy tips to help you sleep
- Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day
- Get as much natural sunlight as possible
- Move vigorously during the day—don’t sit for more than an hour
- Limit caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and big meals at night
- Take time for relaxing activities before sleep
- Create a calm and restful sleep environment
7. Learn fresh –
I believe every day is a school day and I plan on learning something new this year if I can. You can sign up for a course, you can learn how to speak French, you can learn how to Juggle or how to bake the perfect Cake. It is totally up to you the world of learning is your oyster. I am currently doing a Degree in Digital Marketing.
8. Get a fresh take on Money –
You Need a Budget have a brand new app which has a free trial.I have used it myself and recommend it.
Last new year I start a saving account I only saved 10 Euro a week and got it taken out of my wages before I even noticed it, in the end, I had a nice little sum that covered my Christmas this year with some to spare and I am still saving now. I also have a handy post on how to start a budget here.
The good thing about just trying these new things is if you fail it is not a big deal – you tried. And there is always next year but if you take these fresh ideas one at a time, who knows they might just stick.
Have a great New Year no matter what you do!
Looking for more posts to start off your New Year try
- How to start Menu Planning
- How to clean in 15 when visitors are calling.
- Organising with Organising Apps
- Beating Depression and Learning to Live again
- Planning your Organic Vegetable Garden
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