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Ten New Years Resolutions that get broken


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Christmas is a time for indulgence.  That turkey dinner with all the trimmings is often so huge you can barely move out of your armchair for the rest of the day.  And then there are the mince pies, the Christmas Cake, the drinks and a certain degree of apathy towards anything remotely energetic.  The indulgence can go further than your waistline and a hangover too, and spread into your bank balance. Just a few extra bits and bobs in the last frenzied shopping days before Christmas can send the most carefully managed budget spiraling into debt.

New year’s the time to act

Little wonder then that by the time many of us hit New Year we feel that it’s time to act. The idea of New Year’s Resolutions provides the perfect antidote to the overindulgence. We can start January feeling virtuous, and see the new year stretching ahead of us full of promise. We inhale deep breaths of the fresh winter air and feel so GOOD.

With all good intentions…

Of course, by mid-January that feel-good factor has often worn off. Reality kicks in to remind us that it’s probably at least 6 months before summer really arrives (if at all), and that we have a whole year to wait before we can release ourselves once more to the freedom of festive indulgence. It’s at this point that most New Year’s resolutions are broken. If yours wavers and dies, it may help to know that you are by no means alone.

Here are the Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions that are regularly broken:

 1. Stop Smoking

With all those social events at Christmas the chances are that those who enjoy their tobacco may be all fumed-out by January. And we all know the health benefits from quitting. However, as nicotine represents a relaxing release from stress for many smokers, it is perhaps no surprise that the often harsh withdrawal symptoms see many reaching for their fag packets once more before the month of January is out

2. Get out of Debt and Save Money

Easier said than done in these pressing economic times. To save you first have to be debt free, and immediately after Christmas this can feel like one hurdle too many. A structured approach can help, and there are numerous options for safely consolidating debt and establishing a repayment programme that is achievable

3. Lose Weight and Get Fit

After the Christmas food and drink-fest the body will be telling you it’s ready for a break and it’s easy to feel determined at this point. It’s why gyms often ask you to sign up for a full year when you join. They know within a few weeks the novelty may have worn off and they will be quid’s-in. If you’re serious, then start slowly and find a rhythm and routine to your exercise and eating that isn’t too much of a shock to the system. That way you are more likely to succeed

4. Spend more time with Family

resolutionsWhilst Christmas family get-togethers can result in stress and fireworks, for many it is a reminder of how little quality time their family enjoys together. Getting wrapped up in the work/household/childcare/school-run stuff again is habitual and necessary after the Christmas break, and many resolutions of this type fail because of routines that simply don’t include time for the family. A simple ring-fencing of a small pocket of time at the weekend can be enough to make a difference, and may feel more manageable than trying to recreate days on end of family fun that may turn out to be anything but fun!

5. Learn Something New

The failure of this one often comes down to time again, as fitting in a new activity can be tricky if your life is already very busy. Of course, it can also fail because you choose to try something that you find you really don’t enjoy at all! Keep it small and simple, and remember that even simple things count – I learned today that spiders have 8 eyes.  It’s not earth-shattering, but it’s news to me!

6. Drink Less

Okay, maybe I’m just weak, but I resolve this every Monday, let alone on January 1st. Fact is, I like a tipple. And at the weekend I like several.  I figure that “everything in moderation” is a good philosophy. That goes for chocolate too

7. Travel to New Places

All well and good, but if your budget is tight then trips to foreign climes are never going to happen. Resolution broken before you start. Keeping it simple again can help here. There are so many local places to check out that it’s unlikely you’ll have explored your immediate area to the full. Think realistically, and this is may be one resolution you can keep alive

8. Eat Healthier and Diet

One of the major resolutions, this one is so tough to keep. There are so many reasons why diets fail, I could devote a website to that, let alone one paragraph. This is a long-term thing, and most people taking this resolution will falter at some point. Others will enjoy great success. All power to them, I wish my own resolve were as strong!

9. Be Less Stressed

To be fair many of life’s stresses come from external sources beyond our control. What matters is how we respond to them. That’s the key to managing stress, but my goodness it’s not always easy!

10. Volunteer

I read somewhere recently that volunteering has physiological health benefits. The feel-good factor it delivers means you are not only helping others, but yourself too.  Finding time for this can be hard, which is perhaps why the failure rate of this particular resolution is so high



About Cally Worden

About Cally Worden

Seasoned freelance writer Cally Worden lives with her family and dog in a quiet corner of rural France. A love of the outdoors, and a fascination with her children's ability to view life with fresh eyes provide the inspiration for much of her work. Cally writes regularly for various websites and UK print publications on subjects as diverse as parenting, travel, lifestyle, and business, and anything that makes her smile.

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