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New Year, New You

Published: 19 December 2017

Do something different this year

Firstly Happy New Year to everyone. So what are your resolutions for 2018? Dry January? Quit smoking? Get fit? Do more for others? Learn something new? Save the world? Travel more? If you’re undecided or looking for inspiration here’s some ideas of how you could do something different in 2018.

1. Improving your wellbeing

If you are wondering what improvements you could make to your lifestyle for 2018 perhaps a good start would be to take the NHS One You quiz. Answer questions about your lifestyle choices including fitness, eating, drinking and smoking habits and then it will give you a score out of 10 – is there room for improvement or are you already on the right track?

Help is here…

Want to be fitter?

Everyone says they’re going to get fit in January after all the Christmas trimmings, but there’s no need to reach for the lycra, 10 minutes is all it takes. The Active10 app is a great way to start to get you moving.  Just 10 minutes a day of brisk walking can help you stay healthy. Download the Active10 app here to motivate you each day.

Review your drinking

You don’t have to go as drastic as Dry January but it maybe that you might want to review your weekly alcohol intake.  Take this Don't Bottle It Up test to check it out.

Quit the smoking habit

If you need help with quitting smoking go for it with Quit51 a free quit smoking service in Surrey.

2. Learn something new

Surrey libraries have a whole host of online resources that are free with library membership from magazine subscriptions, to online courses, or researching your family tree. See this recent Shelf Life article for lots of inspiration to help you with your New Year’s resolutions.

If you have vowed to be more technically savvy this year Surrey libraries regularly run workshops to help you with using your computer or the internet. Some libraries have Digital Buddies on hand to guide you through any computing issues you may be having.

3. Give something back

Want to help out in your local community? Have you ever thought about volunteering? It may be as little as having one hour to spare, but there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer. Whether it’s helping young, old or vulnerable people or helping to keep the countryside beautiful. Surrey County Council’s volunteering pages have lots of ideas of where you could be making a difference.

Or maybe you could give a Surrey child a new loving home? Have you considered adopting or fostering a child? Finding enough people to become foster carers is always a challenge. Read more about what it involves to foster a child in Surrey.

Many people only consider adopting babies but in Surrey adoptive homes are urgently needed for other groups of children too. Call the adoption team for an informal chat on: 0800 096 9626 or visit the adoption webpages for more information.

4. Travel more

There are plenty of places to explore in Surrey - castles, art galleries, sculpture gardens, farm shops and as one of the most wooded counties in England, there are lots of walks in Surrey’s beautiful countryside. Wander over to the Explore Surrey website for ideas on places to go.

5. Save The World

Well, we might not be able to do this single-handedly but we can all do our bit can’t we? Vow to recycle more this year, even your bathroom plastic bottles, reduce your food waste, reuse your textiles and check out your local community fridge.  Here’s how you could be recycling more in Surrey.

Good luck with all your endeavours in 2018 and let us know how you get on.

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