Part of our nature as humans is to look for opportunities to wipe the slate clean and make a fresh start – and the New Year is the perfect opportunity to do just that. Don’t let 2018 sneak up on you – here are our suggestions of things you could do to kick start your year.

1. Set Realistic Goals

Let’s face it – your New Year’s Resolution of giving up chocolate just isn’t going to happen! Set a realistic goal and approach it in a more structured way and your chance of success will be so much higher.

2. Reflect on accomplishments

Don’t just dwell on what went wrong over the past year – perhaps think about what you did right! Consider:

  • What went right for me?
  • What were my accomplishments?
  • How did I improve my relationships?
  • What should I have had more time for?
  • What did I remove from my life that is making me happier?

Keep track of these questions – maybe write your answers down throughout the year so you can look back at them – your answers will provide you with an insight as to how you can change things for the better!

3. Travel 

It’s your first week back at work and the blues are kicking in after Christmas. Cheer yourself up by planning a break for yourself so you have something to look forward to! If you do decide to plan a holiday, check out our travel insurance page here – we have a policy for everyone.

4. Exercise

Now is the time to get into some sort of exercise routine! Keep yourself healthy but don’t go overboard – here is where setting realistic goals and step by step changes are essential for motivation!

5. Learn

Learning is just as important when we get older, according to the Association for Psychological Science. Their study of 221 adults between 60 and 90 concluded that those who took up skills involving high level cognitive processes (e.g. photography or learning a language) showed significant memory improvements compared to those who only took part in social interactions or less demanding mental activities (for example listening to classical music).

6. Take care of yourself

Good health is the basis of everything we do in life. Book that long overdue dentist appointment, get your vision checked and generally keep yourself in good health – and encourage your family and friends to do the same!

7. Find a new hobby

Go out and try something you’ve always wanted to do! Push yourself out of your comfort zone – your body relishes new experiences and who knows, you may find yourself doing something you really love.

8. Finish what you started

Go through what nagging items you have left on your to-do list and sort them into the ones you can start immediately. Keeping these projects on standby all the time simply increases your stress levels, so cross these off your list and give yourself a fresh start.