Sunday 5 April, 2020

The most popular New Year’s resolutions

The year 2020 is just around the corner and, like clockwork, we’ll soon begin to hear how our family members and friends intend to use a fresh 365 to improve their lives. 

The thing is, what we’re likely to hear this year is probably the same things we heard last year and the year before. 

Here are a few of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. 

  1. To exercise more 

It could be the soca music buzzing between the dissipating parang, but Carnival lovers seem to pay particular interest in getting more active. Even for those less inclined, heavy holiday food tends to cause guilt, leading quite a lot of people to promise they’ll spend more time in the gym or on playing fields. 

  1. To eat healthier 

Just like the promise to exercise, the drive to eat healthier is largely motivated by the desire to lose weight. People may trade in the meats for seafood, the bread for vegetables or the snacks for fruits; one way or another, on January 1, a lot of meals are likely to look a lot greener. 

  1. Save money 

Expenses can creep up, especially when budgeting seems like a task, but on this new solar orbit, a lot of attention is going to go to breaking bad spending habits. Maybe that savings account will finally be opened (or the one from last year will finally be used) or even a little piggy bank. Regardless of how it’s done, money management is going to be in the front of a lot of people’s minds when the new year begins. 

  1. Stop procrastinating 

This one is hard. It’s like the adage says, “Why leave for tomorrow, what you can do today?”, but most people seem to adhere to, “I’ll do it.... later.” This year, many will want to break that habit, but it won’t be easy. The intention is to get tasks done as quickly as possible so the rest of time can be used for other things. Even so, we all know the temptation of giving yourself ‘5 more minutes’. 

  1. Read more 

When you’re young and you have all the time in the world, or maybe just a parent or teacher breathing down your back, you understood the value of reading. Not gossip magazines or random blogs, but books; novels, self-care/help, science fiction, maybe even a thriller or two. In 2020, a lot of people will promise to read more, vowing to get back into the world of worlds. Remember, social media reading doesn’t count. 

  1. Get a hobby/self-care 

Whether it’s playing a sport, learning to play an instrument, even taking up a course in visual art, a lot of people will be seeking to add balance to their lives in 2020. Others may find themselves wanting to visit a spa more often or take better care of their skin. The need for a work-family-life balance is going to come calling to quite a few.  

New Year’s resolutions have been popular for a long time, will the turning of a new decade promote more discipline in implementing these new measures? Only time will tell. 

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