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Happy New Year!

Are you planning on a New Year’s Resolution? Whether you are trying to eat better, sleep more or read more books, the key is to make the goal achievable, by breaking it up into smaller, more achievable steps.

If your New Year’s resolution is to exercise more often don’t throw yourself into exercising five times per week. You don’t even need to join a gym. Go for a half an hour walk or jog before work or
when you get home three times a week – or do a half an hour of body weightbased session in your home.

This will get you into the habit of exercising, and so you can increase the amount you exercise as you get fit and join the gym when you’re ready and know you can commit.

New Year’s resolutions don’t need to be daunting, you just need to be proactive about it. While we might not think there is enough time in our days to achieve our goals, just 20 minutes per day
working towards your resolution can make all the difference.

Books are an excellent way to gain a lot of knowledge on a huge variety of topics, and are also a great exercise for your brain. It’s not that difficult to go through 20 or more books in a year – you only need to make it a habit, discover your type of books and find a bit of time for reading here and there.

Become tidier

There are a lot of slobs out there who can’t really get their stuff organized, and a cluttered desk or chaotic home will negatively affect your productivity and even your mood, so it helps to clear
the clutter, clean your house and lead a tidier and more organized life.

Better quality sleep With big TVs, computers, smartphones, tablets and all sorts of gadgets with glowing lights and beeping alerts, it can be hard to get enough sleep at night. You should be aiming for at least 8 hours of sleep a night, and there are fairly simple ways to achieve this number if you make use of science and everday hacks.

You should be aiming for at least 8 hours of sleep a night.

 

Here are some suggestions for a better nights sleep :
Shut out the lights: Bright lights actually repress melaton in, which is responsible for regulating our sleep cycles. It is also recommended to avoid reading from back-lit devices late at night.  The darker the room, the better.  Try using heavy curtains or a sleep mask.

Don’t eat right before bed: Have your final meal about 3 hours before bedtime. Eating too close to bed will leave your digestive system working very hard and might cause an upset stomach throughout the night.

Don’t sleep too much: When it comes to sleep, there is too much of a good thing. Oversleeping can lead to heart disease, diabetes and depression. The average adult will need 8 hours sleep. This can vary from person to person, but use this as a guideline.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol: Caffeine is a stimulant and it keeps the body alert and energized. Alcohol may initially calm you or make you feel drowsy, but it actually increases the amount of times you will wake up during the night.

 

Reduce stress

They say that stress is one of the biggest killers out there, and it can have a very destructive effect on your relationships as well as your health. It may be an unavoidable side effect of our hectic modern lifestyles, but it can be effectively managed with the help of useful, unconventional and easy to practice tricks for stress management.

It may sound strange but massaging your ears to reduce stress is simple, effective and only takes a few minutes. Gently rub your earlobes with your thumb and index finger, then squeeze the outer edges of your ears from bottom to top. These parts of your ears have reflex points that relax specific areas of your body.

 

Become more confident and take some chances

If you are confident other people notice it, and it is much easier to have your opinions heard, ask people out on dates and get ahead at work. A good dose of self-confidence will help you lead a much happier life overall. Don’t hesitate to get some input on ways to boost your confidence.

 

Meet new people

When we get stuck in a rut, we usually end up staying at home most of the time, missing out on a lot of interesting opportunities for networking and having fun. Meeting new people can be beneficial to your mental well-being and help your career, so don’t be afraid to get out there and make some friends.

Overcome your shyness, get some knowledge and go and get to know new and interesting people.

 

Improve your concentration and mental skills

People have been trying to find ways to improve their focus and cognitive capacities for thousands of years, and most ancient civilizations had some combination of mental exercise and herbal medicine to help them reach this goal. Today we can use anything from apps to ancient meditation techniques to boost concentration and hone our mental skills. If you go through with this, you will be able to control your mood, learn faster and have an easier time solving problems.