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Start preparing for your New Year’s Resolutions… now!

New Year’s resolutions are very common, but unsuccessful new year’s resolutions, are even more so. The last days of the year are always ones with hopes and dreams that the New Year will be the year of our lives. It will be the year in which finally you’ll be able to lose those difficult kilos, spend more time with family, stop smoking. But, it reaches May, not to stay before, and many of these resolutions, stop being an objective and start being just a desire. A distant desire.

We have to be honest. Diets never start on a Monday morning, connecting to the internet seems far more desirable as it takes a lot of effort to leave home for the gym, especially when its raining or its cold.

We are only four months away from one of the most exciting days of the year: the revellion. And even if a lot of us are still on holiday enjoyng the summer months, and others about to start their new school year, we’re not even thinking of Christmas or the New Year. However, this is one of best periods to successfully put your wishes for the new year into action. Why? Because the best transformations, and the most effective, are also those which are gradual, and those who take the ost time to complete. According to some research made by the University College of London, it takes 66 days to break into or begin to form new long-term habits. This means, that if one repeats whichever action during these 66 days, they will obtain a new habit which will become automatic and last for many years.

In practice, this means, that by starting to gradually change your old habits now, when the new year begins you will have created a tendency to continue your quest for new habits. So, instead of preparing yourself for new habits in the New Year, you will already be living them!

Things that you can, from now, start putting into practice:

Giving an example to your children and, if you don’t have children, to other children around you – Parents and teachers insist upon the idea that children stop their addiction to technology and find other methods of spending their days, however these same parents don’t give the example, and instead are always utilising the current and different technological platforms. They should promote real conversations, instead of virtual ones, and value “quality moments” within the family rather than wasting time with television and mobile phones.

Don’t get involved in controversial problems – Human beings have a natural fascination towards problematic and controversial situations. We like controversy and we also like provoking it. This is why millions of people spend time sharing videos or articles of disputed content on social networks expressing their own opinion, writing long justifications, debating through comments online with friends, or even with complete strangers comunicating their outrage against a particular subject. Choose carefully the subject-matters in which you want to be involved in, warmly give your opinion, but also know when you should withdraw from it. Every person has their own opinion, and in the end, insisting upon certain matters will just make you feel drained and waste your time.

Abandon at least one habit – Be it smoking, eating too fast, unhealthy food, drinking insufficient water, ou buying too many clothes which you end up not using. Choosing one and being successful is far better than trying to change many things at once and failing.

Make the most of the good side of technology – We are far from the times in which we checked our voicemail to see if that “someone” had left us a voice message. Nowadays, one of our daily worries are how many “likes” your photo gets on Instagram or how many people commented on our posts on facebook. Technology is there for being used, and not for using us. Take advantage of a day offline. Think about life, go to the cinema, read a book (when was the last time?), cook and enjoy. The internet isn’t as important as we seem to think!

Start recycling – We don’t live by ouselves and that’s why taking care of the environment is also taking care of ourselves and our future. Inquire at your local council about what can and what cannot be receycled, and the appropriate way to dispose of them in the correct containers. You will feel good and useful by contributing to a greater cause.

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