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10 things you should definitely start doing in 2017

Do your resolutions last about as long as a pack of Optiwell in the fridge? Don’t worry! Here are some small, fun and attainable goals to set yourself in 2017. They have nothing to do with cutting carbs, costly gym memberships or having less fun!

1. Find a type of exercise you actually like

If you try to make yourself run everyday, but you hate running, you definitely won’t do it. Try a bunch of classes – from yoga and ballet to boxing and basketball. Once you find the one you like, it won’t feel like such a chore.

2. Don’t skip breakfast

If eating breakfast in the morning has become a luxury for you, it shouldn’t be! Why not start your day with our goodness-packed, Instagram-worthy green smoothie? Quick, easy and yummy, it may even help you become a morning person.

3. Be on time

Is your cardio session running into every morning meeting late? This is the year to resist the snooze button, plan ahead, and end tasks on time – including leaving work at a reasonable hour.

4. Go on more staycations

Days of rest rejuvenate the soul – and you don’t even have to go far from home. If you’re short of time or money to take an extended vacay, why not become a tourist in your own town? You’ll dodge the peak-season crowds, skip the airport schlep and won’t need a whole Sunday to recuperate.

5. Detox your wardrobe

We’re all guilty of keeping things we no longer wear – from that size-too-small pair of killer heels you bought on sale to your favourite pair of jeans from ‘90s. Why not donate them? Or team up with your friends and host a clothes swap! While you’re downsizing, throw out any underwear and socks with holes in them. This is the year to become a new you!

6. Do things that scare you

From dining alone to travelling solo. Try these new experiences so that you’ll become more confident and grow as a person!

7. Stop apologising

Some things warrant a whole-hearted apology, but other things – like not doing your hair and makeup or voicing your opinion – don’t. Say ‘no’ to things like working weekends and baking 20 cupcakes for the next PTA meeting if it helps you stay in control.

8. Cut down your screen time

For once, shut your laptop and put down your smartphone. Take a technology vacation or have a ‘no technology’ date night. You’ll be amazed at how liberating it is not to look at a screen for a few hours.

9. Embrace your downtime

Carve out at least 15 minutes of ‘me’ time every day – and make the most of it. When you get home from work, relax with some scented candles, grab your favourite flavour Optiwell and spend some quality time with your literary heroes (even if it’s Christian Grey).

10. Volunteer once a month

A few hours is all it takes to get that extra life fulfillment by making a difference. It’s like chicken soup for the soul.
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