Tuesday, 17 December 2013

New Year, New You

The New Year is a great time for a spot of reinvention, and the perfect opportunity for fresh starts and a new outlook. Along with making some resolutions about the coming year, you might also like to have a bit of a physical transformation to go along with your new mind-set. By combining both lifestyle changes and changes to aspects of your look, you can have a whole new you for the coming year, so start planning the 2014 version of yourself now!

Quit something

Let’s face it, everyone has a bad habit or seven, and most people can think of something they might be able to give up that would improve their lives. Whether it’s something big like smoking, or something a little less extreme like hoarding or impulse buying, the New Year is a great excuse to give it up and stick to it. Before the clock strikes midnight put measures in place to dissuade you from your bad habit, such as a penny pot for money you are saving, or an incentive like a chart with a monthly reward. If you manage to ditch something you’d rather not be doing you are on your way to a happier version of yourself.

Take up something

Do you find your spare time is often frittered away on watching TV or hanging out in your PJs? Taking up a new hobby or a part time job could be a really constructive way of using this time and will help you be a happier more rounded individual. Often people take up exercise in January with the hope of becoming healthier and maybe meeting a few different types of people. You could also use the turn of the year as the point at which you learn a new skill or pick up some extra cash with a second job.

Revamp your wardrobe

A big part of how you feel is how you present yourself and whether you feel confident in what you are wearing. Use the January sales as a reason to get a whole new look and treat yourself to some new clothes. This doesn’t need to be super expensive, and you could get a whole new wardrobe for less than you’d expect with ranges like George's women’s clothes making your new look affordable and stylish.

Pamper yourself

Looking and feeling great is not all about what you wear, it’s about feeling fab inside and out. Eating well and taking time out for a little TLC and pampering can help you to get the New Year off to a good start, feeling a million dollars. If you can’t afford a trip to a hairdresser or beautician, then invest in a few home kits and set aside some time to indulge in some “me time”. Promise yourself to have a little session like this once a month to make sure you feel just as fab this time next year.

Whatever you have decided to change in the coming year, make sure it’s a positive move and will make your life better in some way. This might be by an increase in confidence, or a better financial or health situation. Stick to the promises you make on the 1st of January and have a great 2014.

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