• Nicola McCabe

New year, new goals and staying positive

It's the start of a New Year and now that the festive season is over many of us are back at work, or will be from next week. No doubt some of us are regretting over-indulging on chocolates, alcohol and rich food, so January is when we start to get back to normal. Or more likely cutting back, attempting Dry January, or maybe even 'Veganuary'.

But whether it's food, drink or something else, I know lots of people use the start of the year to re-evaluate their life and set themselves a few goals (me included). But how do you create goals that are achievable and that you have a chance of sticking to for longer than a week?

Dry January: What are the benefits and drawbacks?

Sense of achievement

Now’s your chance to sit down and prepare a list of lifestyle changes you want to make. I don't know about you but I am a real list-lover - any excuse and I'm writing a list. And I feel a sense of achievement working through and crossing off even the smallest tasks. Better still when I complete more time-consuming actions, like writing Hot Tubs blogs and the monthly newsletter. If you haven't started already then here's a few good popular New Year's Resolutions for you to mull over with a cup of tea and a biscuit (assuming you haven't given up biscuits this week).

1. Get in shape

Losing weight is probably the top resolution for people all over the world and most likely the one that we fail at. This isn't because we haven't got the will-power, I think the trick is to find one that gives decent, steady weight loss and inch loss results and is easy to stick to. Fad diets, starving yourself and buying meal replacement are not good for you in the long term, and should be avoided. Getting in shape is not based on will power or saying you will do 50 sit-ups a day, it's more about getting into the habit of eating heathier and doing a little bit more exercise day by day. Start with 5 sit-ups and gradually increase it. Maybe set a goal for the end of the month and see how you get on.

2. Eat healthier

We live in France and the farmer's markets and farm shops have an abundance of good quality, home-grown produce. So it should make switching to a healthier diet al lot easier. We are lucky that we don't live in a town where we are surrounded by cheap junk food. Even so, take it slow and with a bit of determination you can develop healthier eating habits.

I think sometimes I am prone to what they call emotional or comfort eating. If something upsets me or I'm feeling stressed I'll grab a bar of chocolate. It makes me feel better for a few minutes, but then I regret it later and feel worse!

3. Do something fun

Instead of working hard do something fun instead. Make a list of what you needs to get done and then when you have ticked everything off go and do something fun to reward yourself.

4. Meet new people

Not easy to accomplish during lockdown, but hopefully as things ease off we should try to get out more, or join a local group. There are lots of interesting opportunities for networking, even online. So you don't have to be afraid to get out there and make some friends.

5. Earn more money

I bet even rich people are always looking for ways to earn a bit more money. But for us ordinary folk we can all do with a bit extra for little treats. Why not have a good old spring clean, take the battered and broken stuff to the dechetterie, and list some of your good stuff on Vinted.fr? This time next year Rodney we'll be millionaires.

6. Reduce stress

They say that stress affects lots of people in different ways, but one thing is for sure, too more stress can be bad for your health. Sometimes stress is an unavoidable side effect of our hectic lifestyles. That's why I'm so glad we can sit back and relax in our warm, bubbling hot tub at the end of a busy day. And better still when we have family and friends over to share it with us.

7. Get more sleep

With big TV’s, computers, mobile phones, tablets and all sorts of gadgets with flashing lights and pinging alerts, it's no wonder many of us can't get to sleep at night. Although the experts recommend at least 8 hours of sleep a night how many people actually achieve that? Apparently the best thing to do to try and improve your sleep is to switch off all the gadgets at least an hour before you go to bed. Read a book instead and slip gently off to sleep.

8. Read more

If you start reading for an hour before you go to bed then this is one resolution that you will definitely be able to achieve. Just don't read an e-book on your Kindle or tablet. That defeats the object. I used to read a lot of books, but now I spend too much time trawling the internet so that's one habit I need to break this year.

9. Save Money

Sometimes easier said than done, but if you start selling a few items you no longer need you could put this money to one side in a rainy day fund, or for going on holiday. Perhaps saving up for a hot tub or something else you desire.

10. Learn a new language

Well, we have lived in France a couple of years now, but just haven't found time to learn the language. To me it's important if we are going to live here permanently, and it's even more of an incentive if we want to attract French customers. They haven't yet grasped the wood-fired hot tub thing yet, but there was a lot of interest at the Lessac market we attended last December. So learning French is definitely on my to do list this year.

Be thankful

To lead a better lifestyle maybe we should also be thankful for what we have got. Be happy and grateful that we are still in good health, and that our family are safe and well. Perhaps that is something else to add to your To Do List. Each day, write on a piece of paper everything you are thankful for and put it in a jar. When you are feeling a bit low, read through them and you will realise just how lucky you really are. I'm a great believer in positive thinking (and writing lists!).

Back to work

And now it's back to business for us after a couple of weeks off. Business planning, following up on a few hot tub enquiries that came in over the holidays and waiting for updates on our next delivery of tubs. I'm also liaising with a couple of business owners about this year's Hot Tubs On Tour events.

If you are interested in having an event at your home or business premises just give me or call or send an email (details below). For holiday businesses, in previous years these have been a great success because they have brought in local people as well as new customers from further afield. And it doesn't cost you anything

To contact Hot Tubs In France call direct on 0749 19 46 84

or email hottubsinfrance@gmail.com

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