Every January, it is tradition for many of us to make a New Year’s resolution and become an even better version of ourselves. This may be spending more time with family, losing weight, or taking up a new hobby.
So, if you have made some New Years resolutions, how have you found sticking to them? Have you found January to be a success so far, or have plans to keep to your goals gone a bit pear-shaped? Have you taken that daily visit to the gym in your stride, or have a few sessions been skipped in favour of an early night?
If you’ve found that you are starting to slip up, or you are thinking about making a last-minute goal for 2022, we have created a handy list of the top New Year’s resolutions along with some tips on how to keep them. We’ve even included some ways our outside key safes can help you achieve your goals!
Most of us could do with being more active! There have probably been times when you’ve done less than the recommended 10,000 steps a day, especially if you have a desk job and drive to the office. Making the decision to be more active doesn’t suddenly mean that you have to start jogging 5 miles a day; it just means getting up on your feet and moving around more. So what can you do to encourage yourself to be more active?
There are many gadgets that track your steps, heart rate and how many calories you burn. If you can physically see how close you are to achieving your daily goals, then you are far more likely to stay motivated each day rather than lapse after a few weeks.
If gadgets are too pricey, why not make some simple changes to your day? If a journey is close by, walk or cycle to your destination rather than drive. You could also set a timer every hour to make sure you simply stand up and have a stretch.
With smartphones being the norm these days, you could find some handy apps to help you keep your New Year’s resolution. Some may charge a small cost, but there are lots out there that are free including MyFitnessPal and Simply Yoga. The NHS also has several apps such as NHS Couch to 5K and the NHS Weight Loss Plan, which offers helpful tips around becoming more active, losing weight and improving your diet.
There are also apps found on devices such as a Fitbit that gets the whole family involved! If you can make it fun and include others, such as daily step competitions, you are more likely to keep going rather than give up. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with encouraging others to become more active!
Whether it’s a local walk or more rigorous exercise, such as a long run, a key safe can help you keep to these resolutions. Police preferred key safes such as our Supra C500 KeySafe™ safely stores your keys and offers you a hands-free way to enjoy your activities, making them more enjoyable. That way, you can focus on getting a sweat on without the distraction of jingling keys.
An external key safe also saves you from worrying about the “what ifs”. What if my keys fall out of my pocket while I’m exercising? What if I forget to grab my keys on the way out of the door for a dog walk and get locked out? With keysafes, you never have to worry about this again.
If you decide to install one of our police preferred devices to help get you moving, you can enjoy the added benefit of your whole family being able to use the key safe, thanks to its ease of use and reliability.
The pandemic has limited how often we’ve been able to see family and friends. It has even made some nervous about being physically close to others. So, this year you may have made a resolution to spend more time with your loved ones.
If you haven’t seen friends or family often and want to do so, you could arrange a weekly coffee and catch up. However, you don’t need to spend money to enjoy a great day out with loved ones, as a picnic in the local park is just as nice!
Why not schedule video chats if you are still cautious about Covid or if you live far away from friends? Platforms such as Skype and Microsoft Teams are free to install, and it’s always nicer to see someone on the screen rather than just a voice down the phone! You can make these calls more exciting by hosting a virtual quiz night.
Life does get in the way, and after a long day at work, all you may want to do is snooze on the sofa and watch the telly. Rather than cancelling plans because you’re too tired, why not invite friends round for a movie night? That way you can all relax together.
Covid has likely limited the number of holidays you've been on, and you may be too nervous about getting back on a plane right now. However, if you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to travel more, that shouldn’t limit you!
While the UK is small, you can still visit some incredible sights. You may have made it your goal to see a fast-paced and exciting city or be amongst the quiet of nature. One good thing about the UK is that it’s easy to visit fantastic locations just for the day, and can be as simple as catching the train, or hopping in the car. For example, if you live in the Midlands, you are just a train journey away from the city of Birmingham and it’s excellent shopping. If you fancy a more scenic day out, the Cotswold's is easy to get to by car. If you have other goals, such as spending less this year, it doesn’t mean you can’t have some fantastic adventures. Do some research online about any interesting places you could visit for free. Your local town or city will have great examples, such as pop-up galleries and public museums.
If you want to turn your day trip into a staycation, a key safe box is a great gadget. This handy device can securely hold your house keys so your family or neighbours can keep an eye on the house while you’re away. They can simply let themselves in via one of our police preferred outdoor key safes to water your plants, feed the goldfish or simply house-sit, offering you greater peace of mind.
For 2022, you might have decided to take up a new hobby as your New Year’s resolution. Hobbies give you a focus outside of work or family duties, and no matter what age, learning something new is great for your wellbeing.
You may have decided that you want to learn an instrument, a new language, or maybe how to knit. Have a think about what interests or excites you.
There are plenty of people out there that have the same interests as you, so why not do some research online? You could find a nearby sports team to participate in or a weekly running club held in your nearby park. Most towns host a free 5k park run on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year; search ‘Park Run’ to see where your local event occurs. There are also plenty of forums and pages on social media that you could join, which is also a great way to gather advice from others within that community.
In the grander scheme, taking up a hobby can also help if you are on the job hunt! Employers like to know that their employees have interests outside of work.
This year, you may have decided to quit smoking. This is quite a challenging New Year’s resolution. Smoking is highly addictive, and some people find it difficult to ditch the habit.
According to a 2021 report released by Public Health England, there were almost 450,000 hospital admissions as a result of smoking between 2019 and 20201. Smoking also increases your risk of developing over 50 different health problems, so quitting smoking has numerous health benefits, such as; reducing stress, improving blood circulation and increasing your life expectancy.
There are many online resources to help you kick the habit, including some fantastic advice from the NHS. Advice includes self-help tips that you can do at home, such as:
Alternatively, you can speak to your local pharmacist or GP to find out how to quit smoking cigarettes for good.
Why not also look at replacing the habit with something more positive? Find a new activity that you can focus on, such as a hobby you can enjoy with others or by visiting the gym and becoming more active. If you are finding quitting stressful, yoga can offer you a great point of focus, as it helps you relax and lowers blood pressure. Very helpful if you are feeling rather tense that day!
So, what are you waiting for? Set yourself an achievable goal for 2022, and have fun seeing yourself improve throughout the year!
If you think that one of our key safes will help you keep to your New Year’s resolutions, take a look at our police preferred key safe range.
Alternatively, call our team on 0330 363 0303