Thursday, 24 January 2019

New habits for the new year



We’re now well into 2019, and if you haven’t already set yourself new year’s resolutions, it’s definitely worth thinking about things you could do and steps you can take towards a great year. From caring for the environment to caring for yourself, here are some great ideas on habits to consider for the new year.


Be smart with your finances

The start of a new year comes with a lot of planning. Whether planning holidays, occasions or home renovation projects, there’s one thing that’s necessary to consider — money. That’s why it’s so important to plan for a financially secure 2019, both as a way to make the year go more smoothly and give yourself some peace of mind. This could mean working out how much money you want to save each month and creating a spreadsheet outlining a budget you want to stick to for bills, food, and other necessities. You can then calculate the amount you’ll be left with for your expendable income. If you’re keen to make 2019 the year you start planning for your financial future, why not take the plunge into property investment? Buy to let investment is one of the most secure investments you can make, provided you do your research and choose a reputable company to work with. RW Invest is one UK company with some fantastic property opportunities available for the new year, with competitive prices and rental yields as high as 7 and 8%.



Be more eco-friendly

We could all afford to take some steps to be kinder to the environment. Whether it’s as simple as turning the tap off while brushing your teeth, taking shorter showers, or being more meticulous with your recycling, there are plenty of things you can do to lead a more eco-friendly 2019. One important habit you could learn for the new year is to cut down your plastic use and help limit the amount of plastic polluting the ocean. Steps you could take to do this include taking your own carrier bag when shopping, using a reusable water bottle and reusable coffee cup, stop using disposable cutlery or plastic straws, and avoid buying fruit, veg and other food produce that uses plastic packaging.



Set realistic health goals

Eating more healthily is one of the most popular new year's resolutions, on par with joining a local gym or taking up jogging. Like a lot of new year’s resolutions, however, the sudden change in your habits and diet can wear off quickly, and you can find yourself back in the same old rut come February. That’s why it’s often better to set yourself more realistic goals when it comes to your health, such as cutting down your sugar intake, meeting your daily intake of five fruit and vegetables a day, and being more mindful of what’s in your food. You’re still going to crave the odd treat here and there, so the best way to get through the year is to let yourself eat the food you love to an extent, but with a healthier spin overall.


Take care of yourself


Last but not least, make 2019 the year that you take extra steps to take care of yourself. The stresses of daily life can wreak havoc on our health and wellbeing, so it’s often crucial to take some time out and unwind. Whether this means spending a day on your own reading or binge-watching your favourite show, taking a relaxing bath, or talking to a loved one, friend, or even a mental health professional about what’s on your mind — be sure to always dedicate some time to number one! 

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