Setting a New Year Resolution!

31 December 2014

As we reach the end of 2014 it is inevitable that the streets of the Rhondda will be ringing with resolutions for the New Year. Whether it is to lose weight, save money, get married, travel abroad or see family more we all try and see the New Year as a fresh start, a chance to change our lives for the better.

It is suggested that the tradition of New Year resolutions originates from ancient times when New Year was observed at the beginning of spring in line with new life and new buds beginning to blossom. Although we now celebrate New Year in winter it still has a sense of meaning and is a symbol of a new start.

Ann Rodgers states the following in her book “New Year’s resolutions: how to kick off the new year with a bang”.

Even though we sometimes fail to reach the goals we set as New Year Resolutions we are encouraged by the sense of possibility and goals for the New Year become more focused giving us a sense of hope.

With that we at Rhondda People have some tips for setting an achievable resolution as well as a list of the most popular.

Top 5 Tips For Setting A New Year Resolution:

  1. Don’t be too hard on yourself! Instead of saying “lose 5 st by the 1st of March” try saying “live a healthier lifestyle”.
  2. Think about what you want to achieve in 2015 don’t be influenced by other people.
  3. Only set a small amount of goals, will you realistically be able to keep track of 10 new changes for 2015?
  4. Create an action plan, if you have one specific aim write down three ways you’re going to work towards it, this will help to give you focus.
  5. Write your resolution down and keep it somewhere important, in a diary or a calendar. Don’t just store it with your shopping lists in the notes on your phone! If something is written on paper in pen and ink it is permanent and long standing which will encourage you to refer back to it and keep on track.

These were the 10 Most Popular New Year Resolutions for 2014 according to to give you some inspiration!

  1. Lose weight
  2. Quit Smoking
  3. Save money/get out of debt
  4. Learn a new language/skill
  5. Recycle more
  6. Give to charity and volunteer
  7. Travel
  8. Go to the dentist/improve dental hygiene
  9. Get more sleep and be less stressed
  10. Achieve something big and important for example run a marathon

A resolution doesn’t have to be something enormous it can be something small that improves your day to day life. And although many cynics may say that all resolutions are forgotten once February arrives it’s good to have a sense of focus and a fresh start for the New Year.

Wishing all of our readers and supporters a happy and healthy 2015!

The Rhondda People Team


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