Resolutions are like diets: they usually don't last enough to make long term changes. To make lasting change, take small, tiny steps every day and you will see that at the end of the year, your life will have changed for the better! Use this list for inspiration!
I hope my children also grow into happy, fulfilled adults - once they pass the moody teen phase! But, as we all know, kids don't always want to listen to their parents. To combat this I'm planning to pass on advice I've picked up along my life journey so far, both from my own experiences and from other people.
Every extra pound, every perceived body flaw, every craving was a weakness. A weakness that had to be battled with more discipline, more resolutions, more willpower, more success and less failing.
We all have boundaries. There are certain things we just wouldn't do. No matter what. Then there are the other boundaries, you know the ones - the boundaries which are a little wonky. The boundaries which we are a little unsure of and struggle to assert. The ones which lead to resentment, anxiety and anger.
The Romans knew a thing or two about spas. The thermal waters and spa towns they used are still flocked to thousands of years later by people looking for everything from a hardcore health fix to a chance to rejuvenate and relax, and Baden Baden is no exception.
Before arriving at The Mulia, I have to confess I didn't know what to expect, I had heard that it was massive and wondered how a resort so large could pull off a luxury service. On our approach to the resort seeing the building looming in the distance I thought perhaps this wasn't the right fit for The Spa Spy.
I'm always being asked what's 'new' in the world of wellness travel which makes it very inspiring to be part of and hopefully we are responsible for helping to set the trends too! The start of the year is a good time to think what lies ahead and I'd say these are the main trends that are coming to the fore:
We underestimate the impact that the time of year has on our mental health, and in a typically British way think that we should be able to power through no matter what. So if you're feeling pretty low at this time of year here are some things we can say to ourselves to combat that mental slump and improve our mood and motivation.
What if I said that there was a way to take better control of the foods you eat, to really understand what you can and can't eat as an individual eat? What if I said that you could have better insight about the foods or ingredients that affect you if at all?
It's hard to motivate yourself to go outside in grotty weather, but we are group creatures. Socialising lifts the spirits. Invite friends round to watch comedy shows on TV. Or tap into your inner child by going as a group - male as well as female - to a shopping centre or department store to have free makeovers at the beauty counters.
Despite being inundated with offers of support, I find myself repeatedly unable to pick up the phone or send a text when I most need help. It feels like too much of an intrusion on people's lives. I feel they have better or more important things to do, no matter how many times they tell me otherwise. But the one place I can always ask for help is Twitter.
Basically as you get older, you realise that you are not the only person in the world who worries about things. Everyone is riddled with insecurities, they just manifest them in different ways, or if they are really lucky, they have learned to overcome their difficulties (I recently re-read M Scott Peck's The Road Less Travelled and it was brilliant on this subject).
Many of us remember the tougher moments in the last year but rarely stop to reflect on everything that has gone well, made us feel good and even proud of ourselves. It's important to appreciate the good things in life as well as to learn from the bad experiences.
Teens need to understand that it's okay to have this huge mess of emotions, and they must be shown ways to deal with it: being equipped with proper tools will help prevent trauma leaving its mark and becoming anxiety or worse.
In post-crash Britain, we need to justify our existence by cramming every moment with activity. It's almost a competitive sport. To be busy has become about being needed - about being important. I met several people over Christmas who were so busy that they didn't take all their holidays this year.
Whether you're trying to get into healthy habits or reach new life and career goals, here are my top tips for achieving everything you want and really sticking to all those resolutions.