The earnest days of 2022, here are some time honoured resolutions that we have all declared on a damp January morning.
1 Drink less alcohol
Many of us take this pledge, to reduce the amount we drink. A positive incentive may be to try Dry January. The web site alcoholchange.org.uk, offers a free app to download with oodles of prompts and steering suggestions. A further favourite for fans of the after work drink, which often turns into a full evening session, is to substitute this for a special non alcoholic drink. A hot chocolate, made on the hob with real milk, whipped cream and mini marshmallows is an ultimate fave! The BBC good food website has a great range of mocktail recipes, find the one you love and make this your after work thirst quencher. Will a pear and rum punch beat off the elderly mulled apple juice!
Will a pear and rum punch beat off the elderly mulled apple juice!
2 Boost fitness
Running is one of the most popular fitness activities, you may have to start with a walking routine before you progress to jogging. Couch to 5K is a great free app from the NHS to get you started. If you are looking to improve the distance you run, training for a race is a great incentive. Many marathon runners started with a charity race, the Marie Curie 5K is a top ranking option for those just starting out. Aiming to complete a full or half marathon? Structure your training around two mid week sessions and one long weekend run, increasing by either a full or a half mile weekly.
Couch to 5K
Running doesn’t rock your boat, pick a preferred sport and get off the stalls. If you require others to play with you, consider joining a local club.
3 Healthy eating
Want to start simply nibbling on nachos and gorging full out on greens?
Widening your fruit and veg intake is an ace place to kick off, flash on 5 portions a day. Opt for skinless chicken as opposed to beef and note down: turkey is very low in fat and ideal to consume beyond Christmas. Swap crisps bags for yoghurt pots in your rubbish bin. When desiring a for a chochy bar, choose a nutty one, energy is released into your metabolism over a longer period and will make you feel full for longer. Equally, if selecting a dessert, a carrot cake is far better for you because of the nut and carrot content than a treble choc mega-slab with cream.
4 Finish off that half done job!
Whether it’s cleaning out the garage, decorating the spare room or re-organising the cupboard under the stairs. Section off what needs to be done into manageable two hour slots then completing the full task over four weekends. Clear one cupboard at a time, paint the walls one week, the woodwork the following. You will complete the task much sooner than continually delaying a full one or two days to accomplish a mammoth task.
accomplish a mammoth task
5 Let go of any deep rooted resentment
The affair your partner regretfully indulged in, aggrieved by a former workplace, hostile toward an individual or organisation who have maltreated yourself?
Easier said than done!
Dr Drew, the American Loveline show host, phazes this second to none:
‘Resentment is like swallowing poison and expecting the other person to die.’Dr Drew
Substandard advice follows these lines:
‘Just get over it’
Here’s a 4 step process that works for real:
A Make a list of all people, organisations or even places you feel resentment towards.
B Next to each point on the list note down why you feel malice in regards to them.
C Identify which part of your life this effects. For example, a school bully who repatedly tauld you thet you were ugly could have effected your self esteam. You ability to feel safe may have been effected by a street mugger holding a knife to your throat. Poor management of the pandemic by the government may have made it difficult for you to grieve for a loved one lost to covid.
D The putting the shoe on the other foot step.
Scribble don’t how you may have contributed to the problem yourself. Did you let the bullies put you down too much when you should have stood up to them. Is failing to report the attack to the Police a factor in why you are scared of a further attack. Were all the guidelines for covid prevention followed by yourself and the departed, were there other factors in the death of your loved on?
Now, re-read all you have written, taking time to contemplate at full. You may wish to keep the papers for further contemplation, or destroy them in a letting go ritual.
Have a great 2022, fitter, stronger, healthier, more organised and resentment free!