New Year's Resolutions

A large proportion of us will make New Year’s resolutions for 2015. After the excitement and decadence of the Christmas season with all its mince pies, turkey, alcohol and chocolate, the post-indulgence January guilt inevitably kicks in and the archetypal resolution is to try to lose a few pounds and to give up alcohol.

However, research from the drink ordering service, Orderella, shows that those aiming to participate in “Dry January” or "Drynuary" will last a mere 17 days before giving up and having a drink, and how many people regret that year-long gym contract come March?

While January is a time to reflect on the changes we want or need to make, a clean cut decision to cut out things entirely may not be the best solution: according to the NHS only one in 10 of us will achieve our year goal.

Rather than make five different and unrealistic resolutions for 2015, stick with just one that is within your grasp. Are you a sucker for a takeaway? Treat yourself to one a month. Do you want to cut down on alcohol? Drink less, don’t cut it out completely. Trying to control that coffee habit? Stick to one a day. Simple decisions to cut down rather than cut out are more attainable, but stick to one goal: one resolution will be more sustainable and your chances of success are much greater when you are channelling energy into changing just one habit.

As wine critic Olly Smith points out in The Daily Mail,
“Why axe your favourite tipple at the most miserable time of the year? Surely you’re better off drinking less wine overall throughout the year, but committing to better quality wine.”

Written by: Lucy Prosser

Lucy Prosser 


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