There is a lot going on at this time of year which means there’s a lot to plan, from finding the best London hotel offers to researching where to have Christmas lunch. On top of that, you have Christmas presents to buy and therefore Oxford Street to trawl, you have children to please and therefore Santa’s Grotto’s to visit, and you have bucket lists to check so afternoon tea near Paddington to arrange.
Amidst the hustle and bustle, it can be very easy to forget that you have New Years Resolutions to think of! So, to save you the trouble, we have compiled a list of 7 resolutions to make for 2020 so you have one less thing to worry about doing.
Read on public transport
Finding time to read in our busy lives can seem impossible at times. How often have you caught yourself saying, “I’d read, if only I had the time”? Well, what people often overlook is how much time they would have if they used their time on public transport productively. The wifi on public transport is usually non-existent (or pretty terrible) – so use this time to put your phone away and read instead, even if this means just 15 minutes of reading per day. You will be absolutely amazed at how much reading you can get done once you are in the habit of doing it. You can read whatever you like, whether it is news or a novel. Both are great food for your brain and give you plenty to talk to your friends and family about.
Shop in independent stores
The age of online shopping has been quite catastrophic for independent businesses, as they just can’t keep up with the 24-hour delivery culture and fall prey to what has been called the “death of the high street” culture. Though this won’t always be easy, and at times not even possible depending on what you need, try your best in 2020 to shop in independent stores or at markets to ensure they stick around – they are a lovely, colourful element of our society that is worth preserving. Luckily for you, accommodation near Paddington is located in the shopping hub of London and is situated right by some of the most fabulous local shops – so fulfilling this resolution means a trip to London, and who doesn’t want that?
Attend a class
Whether you commit to learning a new language, or take up dance classes, learning something new in a class environment is a great way to spend your time productively and should always be something you are striving towards. Doing it within a class environment is a great way to do it because you feel a sense of accountability and are more likely to attend. Most people have one thing they have always wanted to do – for some it may be exercise orientated and for others, it may involve a craft. Now is your time.
Write down your happy memories
Though it seems like a lot, try and write down one thing that made you happy every day of the year. Just jot a couple of notes down – it doesn’t have to be a full-blown diary entry. It can be difficult to stay positive during difficult times and easy to focus on the negatives, so creating a discipline in which you force yourself to see the joy in it can be invaluable. Moreover, if you find yourself feeling under the weather, you can read back through your entries to remind yourself that amidst the sea of difficulties, there are always buoys of happiness in life.
No matter where you are in the world, from The Devonshire Hotel Paddington to the streets of New York City, there is always someone in need of help. There is little value in letting this upset you but not doing anything about it – join a cause close to your heart and volunteer. It only needs to be once a week, but make a commitment to when and where and then stick to it. Not only will this be of great benefit to your sense of worth and self-appreciation, but it makes a big difference to the community in which you are investing your time. From animal shelters to green-cleaning initiatives, the options are plentiful. Give back a little and see the reward it reaps.
Have a meat-free day
It doesn’t need to be “Meat-free Monday” or “Veganuary” – trying to shoe-horn a socially decided event into your life is a recipe for disaster because if it doesn’t suit your specific life, it is hard to maintain. So pick a day once a week where you commit to not eating meat. It is great for your health and it is even better for the environment. Not to mention, it adds an element of excitement into your cooking because it forces you to get creative in the kitchen.
Buy a house plant
House plants have proven to add to not only the aestheticism of your life but also your physical and mental health. Having a plant in your home can make the air cleaner, your heart happier and the overall look and feel calmer. They are natural air purifiers and also raise the humidity and improve your breathing in a room. For those who are not at home a lot and don’t have the time to tend to plants, try out a Snake Plant, a Peace Lily or a form of aloe – they are very low maintenance. Rather than buying bunches of flowers regularly and having to throw them away when they’ve been around for too long, house plants have all the benefits without the waste.
2019 has been a manic year – England reached the Rugby World Cup Final in Japan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markel, had the beautiful little Archie, Queen Elizabeth posted her first Instagram post and for the first time ever, the Man Booker Prize was awarded to two authors. 2020 promises to be just as busy and to ensure it is as fruitful as possible for you, your family and your loved ones, try fulfilling these life-affirming resolutions.