SELF HELP RESOURCE - Self Development / Lifestyle Management


Most people take the opportunity at the beginning of the year to make resolutions to live their lives more effectively. Here is a list of the most popular resolutions. In case some of these match YOUR resolutions for this year we have compiled some of the resources on our website that can help you get started.

1. Spend Quality Time with Family & Friends

A number of polls show that more than 50% of people resolve to appreciate their loved ones more and spend more time with family and friends this year. With busy schedules it is so easy to neglect the relationships that matter most to us. Yet it is so important to spend time with our loved ones - they are the ones who support us and bring joy and meaning into our lives. It often takes some deliberate planning to set aside the time - but this will more than pay off as we strengthen and truly enjoy these special relationships. The associated articles are:

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2. Lose weight

Not surprisingly, weight loss is one of the most popular New Year's resolutions. This is usually motivated by the desire to look good and/or feel fit. Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking with a weight loss programme, and shedding those extra kilos. Associated articles are:

-Lose weight the common sense way

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3. Stick to a budget/ save money

Money was a big source of stress for many of us last year. Even those who did not actually face specific monetary problems became more conscious of the need to plan ahead and be prepared for critical situations. The New Year could be a good time to make the decision to plan finances better and cultivate healthy practices of managing money. Associated articles are:

-Why you need to save

-How to achieve fiscal fitness

4. Get Fit

Regular exercise has been associated with tremendous health benefits. It has been shown to reduce the risk of some cancers, increase longevity, help achieve and maintain weight loss, enhance mood, lower blood pressure, and even improve arthritis. In other words, exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better. Isn't that enough reason to start a regular exercise routine that will work for you? Associated articles are:

-Walking: Stay Motivated

-Beginning a Fitness Program

-How exercise helps in managing stress

5. Quit Smoking

There is no dearth of evidence that smoking ruins your health. Being able to give up requires motivation, determination and support. Even if you've tried to quit before and failed, don't let it get you down. On average, smokers try about four times before they quit for good. So don't give up - it's worth the effort! Associated articles are:

-Understanding nicotine addiction

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6. Reduce Stress /Enjoy Life More

For most of us, life is becoming increasingly hectic and filled with stress. This isn't about to change, but each of us needs to take on the responsibility to manage our stressors better and take active steps to balance our lives. We need to have a sense of achievement as well as enjoyment in our daily lives. Associated articles are:

-What is stress

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7. Drink less alcohol

Whether you want to stop drinking altogether or to reduce your alcohol consumption you may find that making the change is not easy. Some are able to achieve this on their own, others need help. It is important to recognize that seeking help is not a sign of weakness, but a sensible, rational act to get more effective and lasting results. Associated articles are:


-Are you alcohol-dependent?

8. Learn Something New

Whether you want to hone your career skills, learn a new language or a musical instrument or take up a sport, you will find that the very act of learning can be rejuvenating. You could teach yourself or join a class - whatever helps you stay motivated. Associated articles are:

-Learn Something New


9. Help Others

Many of us feel the need to do something for others, realizing that it can bring a great sense of fulfillment. Volunteering can take many forms - giving time, money, donating in kind. There are plenty of opportunities to work through nonprofit volunteer organizations or on your own. The associated article is:

-Volunteering and its benefits

10. Get Organised

Wouldn't you like to have a clutter-free home or desk, to manage schedules - to find your tax papers when you need them and make sure all your bills are paid on time? These tips and resources should get you started on the way to a more organized life. Associated articles are:

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