5 simple steps for a great new year

Another new, fresh faced year is upon us and with it brings good intentions and a chance to put life back on track.  Whether you make resolutions or are resolute to stay as you are; with 12 new months ahead of us it’s natural to think of how you might like to spend them better. You may well let things slip back in to older, more comfortable habits as the year goes on, but maybe, just maybe, this time, the resolutions will stick.

Here are our top 5 tips to help you start 2019 as you mean to go on:

  1. Eat Better

It’s not rocket science, but eating well consistently seems to be a tall order for some of us. Time and imagination are somewhat lacking first thing in the morning and it’s often easier to go without. Thankfully, Morrisons have a whole host of online recipe inspiration for whatever your culinary requirements. Try ‘Beet the Blues Smoothie’ with carrot, apple and, wait for it, beetroot!  Certain to aid morning nutrition and give you a head start on your 5-a-day intake.

Morrisons – Beet the Blues Smoothie

  1. Get Active

Put down your phone, and get outside. It might be scary, it might be hard, but we all need to move more. Getting the right gear in the first place can help you to feel more confident if you are just starting out. Track your steps, distance, calories and heart rate with a fitness watch like the Garmin Forerunner 30 GPS Running Watch from Argos to help you stay motivated.

Argos – Garmin Forerunner GPS Running Watch £99.99

  1. Be more organised

Writing lists often and regularly is one key to staying organised, Why not make a list of all the things you would like to achieve this year, and then number them in order of priority. Buying a blank diary or notebook is a good place to start. We love this personalised ‘Things I’ll do in 2019’ slim line diary from Card Factory. You can personalise it with your own words and photos – perfect if you’re trying to inspire someone else to become more organised this year.

Card Factory – Personalised Diary £6.99


  1. Read more books

Digital detox was one of the most-used phrases of 2018 and that trend sets to continue as our lives become ever-entwined with technology.  Take time to log off and pick up a real life paper-back – we guarantee you’ll feel better for it. ‘Why We Sleep’ by Matthew Walker is a must read for anyone looking to better understand the marvellous mystery that is sleep. Find this and other life enhancing best-sellers at WHSmith.

WHSmith – Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker £9.99

  1. Only wear things that make you feel great

It’s time for a spring clean. Clear through your wardrobe and ask yourself, does this item make me feel great? If the answer is no, then then it’s time to take it to the charity shop. This season is all about complimenting pale, neutral tones with bold, warm shades of yellow or terracotta. Try this mustard colour block jumper from Peacocks for a sure fire way of being bang on-trend and feeling fantastic.

Peacocks – Colour Block Jumper £18

And there we have it, our top 5 tips for the best year yet. Head down to St Andrews Square to find all your New Year-needs in one easy visit.