January is nearly over and the New Year’s Resolutions you made a few weeks ago are probably long gone. Whether they were to get in shape or drink more water, who cares if your attempts only lasted all of 24 hours.
It may be Blue Monday – scientifically the most depressing day of the year – but that doesn’t mean you can’t catch up with the resolutions that are actually worth keeping this year. So, in no particular order, here’s 5 little changes to make 2020 your best year yet…
Now, we’re not suggesting falling into the trap of selling your soul to the gym this January, but going for a run (or even a walk) outside has been proven to improve your mental wellbeing. And if it’s too miserable outside? Try one of the many home workouts on YouTube to get your body moving – you won’t regret it.
Be Smarter with Money
The New Year is the perfect time to get savvy with your spending and ditching the little luxuries that can add up; whether that’s giving up your morning Starbucks or not eating out as much. Downloading one of the many helpful apps out there (such as Monzo) can also help tighten your purse strings and assess where your money is going.
Avoid Fast Fashion
Now, this is easier said than done, especially at a time when fast fashion brands are offering promo codes and irresistible free delivery for January customers. However, there are many ways to kerb your ASOS addiction this year that will help your bank balance and slightly clear your conscience on the ongoing climate change crisis. Download Depop, shop in vintage and charity shops or invest in lifelong, quality pieces that will be in your wardrobe for years to come.
Practice Self Care
We all know now that wacking on a face mask and lighting a candle isn’t going to solve all your problems (no matter how much Instagram will tell you it will), but making time to do the little things that you enjoy can really impact your mental wellbeing. Listen to your favourite podcast on the way home from work, read more or embrace a new skincare routine; whatever it is you want to do, make sure you’re allowing this time into your daily schedule.
Check in on your friends and family
This may sound simple, but it is easy after a busy day to forget to reply to your friend, give your parents a call or just check in with your nearest and dearest. It’s nice to let them know you’re thinking about them and you never know, you could brighten up a bad day…