New Year, New You...

Christmas is over, we're all back to work or school, our bellies are full of mince pies and we're thinking about what we can do to make 2017 the best year yet!

The typical New Year's resolutions such as; joining the gym and being healthier normally go to pot as soon as it's cake Friday in the office and you just can't resist that double chocolate brownie. The diet can start next week right?

Do no fear, we've created a list of 5 simple things that you can do throughout 2017 that don't require mass amounts of effort but that are guaranteed to make your new year great.

1. Keep a diary.

When it comes to keeping a diary, the usual stereotypes emerge of the "Dear Diary", something seen as childish. However in reality it has been proven that writing down your thoughts can see huge benefits. 

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Scientists have said that writing (whether that be thoughts scribbled down or a detailed analysis of your day) can boost your IQ, creativity and help with stress and memory.. why not start today!

2. Fitness.

I know the word is scary, but calm down it's not as it seems! 
To be 'fit' you don't have to join the gym and pay £30 a month to sweat it out once a week. You can do a few simple things to improve your fitness and well being that can easily slot into your daily routine (and they're FREE!). 

Go outside more, go for a walk for 20 minutes a day for some fresh air and take in your surroundings. Studies have shown that a brisk 20 minute walk can not only improve your health but can also increase your overall energy and boost your mood!
...and you don't have to do this alone, invite friends or family to make it less about exercise and more about socialising. 

3. Try New Cuisines.

This is one we can all relate to, food. 
We're all guilty of having our favourite foods and sticking to them. That's not a terrible thing, but why not broaden your tasting horizons and this year try something you haven't before - you never know, you might love it!

Most of us are self confessed creatures of habit, so this year's we're going to try Thai with some of these delicious looking meals and we can't wait to get our teeth into them!

4. See More Culture. 

Being 'cultural' doesn't have to mean standing in an art gallery or wandering around a museum. Why not take advantage of the hundreds of free events going on throughout the year all over the country.  

Listen to some live music, go to a farmers market or see a show.. If you really want to get cultural, book your tickets for the Lady Boys of Bangkok for their 2017 tour!

5. A New Hobby.

This one could actually link up to all the previous - take up something new. 
It doesn't have to be anything major, even if it's just some time to yourself each night to read a book, taking up new hobbies has been proven to be mentally and physically beneficial!

We could sit here all day listing the endless possibilities, but we have chosen to narrow it down to a few of our favourite suggestions:
- Take up photography.    
- Do a little DIY-ing.          
- Learn a new language.  
- Join a group, eg Dance. 
- Start a new blog.            

What's your New Year's resolution? Now you have no excuse!