It’s that time of year again, you’re back in work and struggling to keep up the unrealistic resolutions you made on New Year’s Eve. Is this really the year you run a marathon or learn how to pilot a plane? We didn’t think so. To help you out, the wonderful folk here on the Hotcourses editorial desk have put their thinking hats on and come up with thirteen New Year’s resolutions you can actually keep. Have a read and make those resolutions come true (we promise not to use the phrase ‘new year, new you’.)
1. A very stereotypical place to start, but getting fit really isn’t as hard as it sounds. Whether it’s just finding a fitness class you don’t loathe, or simply walking up the escalator rather than standing on the right. Need some inspiration? Even the likes of Helen Glover and Colin Jackson started somewhere...
2. Get some more sleep – the health benefits of those extra hours shut eye really are endless, so get off netflix and actually chill.
3. Learn how to read a wine menu. It could impress on a date or dinner party and a wine tasting course is a pretty fun way to spend an evening. Morley College have a great five week course that focuses on emerging wine regions. Besides, who wants a dry January anyway?
4. Spend less time on technology. Do some yoga, walk in the park, read a book and take your eyes off the screen for a while. You’ll probably feel a lot better for it.
5. Revolutionise your commute. Instead of staring into space, download a language app or find a course to learn online.
6. Drink more water. It can help you lose weight, get clearer skin and have a better functioning body. There really is no reason why you can’t get more H2O into your day.
7. Read a book from cover to cover, every month.
8. Learn to cook something new. Whether this means going on a cookery course or buying a new cookbook, get into the kitchen this year. We particularly like the look at the ‘food for a good mood’ course, starting soon at City Lit.
9. Clear out your wardrobe. You don’t need a fashion course to tell you that yes, those jeans you brought in 2004 need to go.
10. Book a last minute holiday, get on a plane and travel more. You will meet new people, learn new things and embrace a different culture.
11. Floss more. It doesn’t take that long and your dentist will thank you.
12. Keep an eye on your personal finances. Whether you use an app, a notebook or a scarily organised spreadsheet like Kieran our SEM, try and save a little every month (and then blow it following point nine).
13. Do a good deed and don’t tell anyone. You’ll feel incredible.
Wishing you all a happy new year of learning from everyone here at Hotcourses HQ!
Jane McGuire received her BA (English) from the University of Loughborough. A yoga enthusiast with a sweet tooth, in her spare time you will probably find Jane in the gym or online shopping.