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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

Time and imagination are somewhat lacking by the time you’ve arrived home from a busy day and the last thing you want is to have to think up some masterpiece that’s going to fill your 5-a-day criteria. Thankfully, Tesco have a whole host of online recipe inspiration for whatever your culinary requirements — including seasonal supper plans for every day of the week. If you’re trying Vegan-uary this month, give their Vegan chilli with avocado salad a go; it’s quick to prepare and packed with fresh, vitamin-rich ingredients and hot chillies to clear the sinuses.

2. Drink More Water

On average, it is recommended that we should drink around 2 – 2.5 litres of water every day – which is easier said than done. A lack of water can make you feel lethargic and your skin and hair feel lacklustre. One way to be more conscious of your H2O consumption, is to keep an eco-friendly, reusable water bottle with you. The Bobble Plus Water Bottle from Marks & Spencer has a fruit-infusing filter and comes in a range of stylish colours – keeping you hydrated and commuter-chic.

3. Get Active

Put down your phone, and get outside. It might be scary, it might be hard, but we all need to move more. Yes it’s cold out, but within just 1 minute of running, you will be hot and unzipping that old hoodie. Getting the right gear in the first place can help you to feel more confident if you are just starting out. Try this coral pink running jacket from Decathlon — it will make you look like a pro even if you’re not entirely sure what you are doing.

Decathalon – Kalenji run warm wimen’s running jacket £24.99

4. Be kind to yourself

Taking the time to be kinder to ourselves is something we should all work to be better at. Whether it’s taking 10 minutes in the morning for quiet meditation or running yourself an indulgent bubble bath before bed, there are tiny things that we can do each day to be kinder to ourselves. Giving your body a boost of vitamins and anti-oxidants can help to support an active lifestyle and prevent colds. Try adding some of this Naturya Turmeric Blend from Holland & Barrett to your morning smoothie for an easy way to add some nutrition to your daily routine.

Holland & Barrett – Naturya Tumeric Blend 250g £9.99

5. 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 it’s time to take it to the charity shop. Having the right coat for the winter can enhance any outfit and refresh your every-day look. Must-haves for the new season are 70’s check and warm yellow tones, as demonstrated by this Ochre Bright Check Coat from Next.

Next – Ochra Bright Check Coat £80

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