feel good this new year at TRAFFORDCITY

The beginning of a new year is a special time and for many of us it's the perfect opportunity to make positive changes and plan for the year ahead. TRAFFORDCITY has everything you'll need to help achieve that, whether you've resolved to get fitter, relax more, live a healthier lifestyle or simply be kinder to yourself and others - you'll find all the inspiration you need to feel good and make this your happiest new year ever. #FeelGoodTraffordCity

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top tips for keeping those resolutions...

Big Ben has chimed, we've welcomed in the new decade with a round of Auld Lang Syne and wake on New Year's Day, slightly fuzzy headed but determined to tackle that long list of resolutions. But how many times do we start the year full of good intentions only to see them evaporate before the Valentine's Day cards hit the shops?

Well, we believe 2020 should be the year we're kinder to ourselves (and others) so taking the 5 Steps to Mental Wellbeing as inspiration, here are our tips for resolving to make this new year your happiest ever. #FeelGoodTraffordCity

1. Be realistic.

Set yourself small attainable goals rather than a sweeping change of lifestyle, that way you will get a satisfying sense of progress with every little achievement. Being more active is one of the key ways to feeling happier but it doesn't have to be a punishing gym regime - gentle yoga or a stroll outside are just as good!

2. Keep a track

Track those goals with a daily journal, note down what you've achieved and how you feel. Looking back on the notes will give you a real sense of achievement and help on the days when you're not feeling motivated. Plus, being mindful and taking time to notice how you're feeling and what's happening around you is proven to positively change how you feel.

3. Be kind to yourself (and others)

Don't put yourself on a punishing diet or harsh detox regime. Remember, it's winter and you're body (and mind) will respond better to nourishing soups, healthy stews and nutrient packed smoothies. And being kind to others is proven to increase wellbeing - whether that's raising money for charity or simply helping a friend or relative.

4. Buddy up

Evidence suggests that feeling close to and connecting with other people is a fundamental human need and there's nothing like partnering up with a pal who has similar goals to help you stick with a resolution. You'll benefit from the mutual support and of course, it's fun to share!

5. Have fun!

We're more likely to stick with a new activity if it's fun, so if hitting the treadmill really isn't your thing why not take up skiing, golf, tennis or skydiving. Plus, learning something new enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction so it's a win, win!

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