News — 5 simple steps for a great new year


Another new, fresh faced year is upon us and with it brings good intentions and a chance to put life back on track. Whether you make resolutions or are resolute to stay as you are; with 12 new months ahead of us it’s natural to think of how you might like to spend them better. You may well let things slip back in to older, more comfortable habits as the year goes on, but maybe, just maybe, this time, the resolutions will stick.

Here are our top 5 tips to help you start 2019 as you mean to go on.

  1. Eat better

Time and imagination are somewhat lacking by the time you’ve arrived home from a busy day and the last thing you want is to have to think up some masterpiece that’s going to fill your 5-a-day criteria. Thankfully, Asda has a whole host of online recipe inspiration for whatever your culinary requirements. For a full hit of healthy, colourful nutrition, try this ‘Crunchy Thai-inspired Citrus Salad’. The combination of sharp, pink grapefruit, sweet, raw veg and warming fresh chilli will keep your vitamins topped up and sinuses clear.

Asda – Crunch Thai-Inspired Citrus Salad

  1. Drink More Water

On average, it is recommended that we should drink around 2 – 2.5 litres of water every day – which is easier said than done. A lack of water can make you feel lethargic your skin feel dry and lacklustre. One way to be more conscious of your H2O consumption, is to keep an eco-friendly, reusable water bottle with you. This Soma Mint 17 oz Glass Water Bottle from House of Fraser is stylish, durable and will fit perfectly in your bag. Plus, this bottle also ‘gives back’ with a donation to the charity Water with every purchase made.

House of Fraser – Soma Glass Water Bottle £29.99

  1. Get Active

Put down your phone, and get outside. It might be scary, it might be hard, but we all need to move more. Getting the right gear in the first place can help you to feel more confident if you are just starting out. Try these colourful patterned leggings from Mountain Warehouse. You’ll want to go running just so you can wear them more often.

Mountain Warehouse – Reveal Patterned Leggings £24.99

  1. Be more organised

Writing lists often and regularly is one key to staying organised, Why not make a list of all the things you would like to achieve this year, and then number them in order of priority. Buying a blank diary or notebook is a good place to start. We love this ‘Things I’ll do in 2019’ slim line diary from Card Factory. You can personalise it with your own words and photos – perfect if you’re trying to inspire someone else to become more organised this year.

Card Factory – Personalised Diary £6.99

  1. Only wear things that make you feel great

It’s time for a spring clean. Clear through your wardrobe and ask yourself, does this item make me feel great? If the answer is no, then then it’s time to take it to the charity shop. This season is all about complimenting pale, neutral tones with bold, warm shades of yellow or terracotta. Try this animal print midi skirt from Marks & Spencer’s for a sure fire way of being bang on-trend and feeling fantastic.

Marks & Spencers – Animal Print Midi Skirt £29.50

And there we have it, our top 5 tips for the best year yet. Head down to The Cwmbran Centre to find all your New Year-needs in one easy visit.

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