Christmas has a nasty habit of exposing our deepest and darkest flaws. Indeed, whether that’s spending too much money on presents, cramming our faces with high-fat delicacies, or smoking ourselves silly, one can always count on Saint Nick to bring those little vices into alarming focus.
Of course, this doesn’t have to be a bad thing. For starters, you’ll have a much clearer idea about the things you’d like to change in the New Year, such as giving up smoking, drinking less alcohol, or visiting the gym more regularly.
While many resolutions can be achieved on the cheap, others, such as travelling or learning a new skill, can be relatively pricey. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up the most popular New Year’s resolutions, and scoured the internet to help your achieve your resolutions for less!
I Want to Stop Smoking!
Perhaps the most popular resolution, the desire to give up smoking shows no signs of abating. Fortunately, there are many gadgets and gizmos to help you nail the habit, including nicotine patches and chewing gum. The most popular method in recent years, though, has been the electronic cigarette. On the surface, it looks exactly like a cigarette (it even lights up when you inhale), but doesn’t have the harmful effects of ordinary cigarettes.
I Want to Lose Weight!
If you’re among those who gorged on Quality Street this holiday, there’s a good chance you’ll want to work off those extra calories. It’s no wonder, then, that so many of us take up jogging or cycling in the new year – but why venture into the cold, or sign up to an expensive gym, when you could lose weight from the comfort of your living room? There are plenty of exercise machines on the market today, meaning that you can lose weight and catch up on Eastenders at the same time.
I Want to Eat Healthily!
As twenty thirteen rolls into view, many of us will think about changing our diets. From cutting out caffeine to eating less sugary foods, there are many ways to improve your diet, but that doesn’t mean your food has to be dull and uninspired. There’s a plethora of food and dieting books on the shelves these days, which should go some way to ensuring your food is as healthy as it is tasty.
I Want to Visit a New Country!
Never mind Karl Pilkington’s globe-trotting escapades; travel certainly broadens the mind. Indeed, a well-earned holiday is often the best way to discover the world, and your place within it. Needless to say, visiting a new country for the first time, or just taking some time for yourself, may be the perfect start to your year. And with the January sales in full swing, there’s never been a better time to book your break.
I Want to Learn a New Skill!
Many of us would like to learn a new skill – and the New Year offers a fantastic time to start! Learning how to cook, drive, or play the guitar are fantastic ways to boost your confidence, and they also give you a realistic goal to work towards. Best of all, there is no limit to what you can do, so why not try something absolutely bonkers? There are dozens of workshops and experience days, with particular emphasis on hobbies, for you to check out – and each offers something entirely unique.
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