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A brand new year is upon us, which means several things.
1. We will all get another year older.
2. We will all have to get used to writing another number when dating things.
3. We will all make new year’s resolutions we’ll then fail to keep for the full 12 months.
Number one is a force of nature and not something anyone do anything about. Number two is an inevitable part of life which trips most of us up at least once. But number three is different. It can be changed. We can help ourselves and others succeed. Using Reddit.
New Year’s Resolutions
While there are literally hundreds of resolutions people can and do make for the start of the new year, most people end up making the same old resolutions they have always made. And, unfortunately, never managed to stick to for the whole 12 months.
We hope this article will prove invaluable. We have chosen five core resolutions that are pretty much universal, with at least one applying to everybody reading this. Follow the links and find a Reddit community eager to help you succeed over the next year.
After working out today I want to quit smoking but the thought of quitting makes me anxious and now I just want to smoke. See my issue?
— road kill (@kpnachos) December 26, 2014
Let’s be clear about this: smoking is bad for your health, and bad for the health of the people around you. Stopping smoking at any age can increase your life expectancy by several years. Added bonuses include saving money, and looking and feeling better.
The big Reddit community dedicated to helping people stop smoking normal cigarettes is /r/StopSmoking. There is also /r/leaves/ for people who want to stop smoking cannabis. Electronic cigarettes is one option for both sets of people, and /r/electronic_cigarette/ tells you all you need to know about vaporizers. Lastly, there is a long AskReddit thread detailing what methods helped ex-smokers quit for good.
Just got outta bed and loads of beer cans fell out with me, never felt more rockstar in my life
— ZZ (@ZEWZUW) December 26, 2014
While drinking in moderation is considered fine, and, in some cases, beneficial, drinking to excess can kill you. Having time off from consuming alcohol can help your body recover while proving you don’t actually need to drink to enjoy yourself.
If you’re a light to moderate drinker looking to get off the booze completely, /r/stopdrinking should be your first port of call. If your drinking has progressed to a more serious degree, /r/alcoholism/ may be a better option. Those who lack the self belief that giving up alcohol is even possible should find solace in /r/redditorsinrecovery. Lastly, an AskReddit thread revolving around what made people choose not to drink could prove inspirational.
why can’t I lose weight as fast as i’m losing followers
— tamara (@TamazaxD) December 26, 2014
Obesity is a growing problem in many countries around the world. Carrying serious amounts of extra weight can cause all sorts of problems, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and problems with your joints. It’s therefore recommended you reach and maintain a healthy weight.
For help and advice with losing weight from people who have either already done it or are themselves in the process of doing so, there is /r/loseit/ and /r/trueloseit/. To lose weight and keep it off means making better lifestyle choices, which is where /r/nutrition/, /r/fitmeals/, and /r/HealthyFood/ come in, as this trio of subreddits all focus on what you’re putting into your body.
I actually need to get fitter but I just never have the motivation to eat healthier/go to the gym ????????
— Becky (@Rebeccaceri_) December 26, 2014
Very few of us do as much exercise as we should. Sedentary lifestyles coupled with less physically demanding jobs mean many of us have morphed into couch potatoes without even realizing it. Now is the time to do something to change that.
There are no real shortcuts when it comes to getting fit and staying fit for the rest of your life. But finding the right exercise regime for you, and knowing exactly what you’re doing should help speed up the process while avoiding injury. For this, you need /r/fitness/, /r/xxfitness/, or /r/AdvancedFitness/. While /r/progresspics should act as motivation, whether you’re uploading your own comparison pics or viewing other people’s. Lastly, there is /r/running/ focused on one of the few sports that requires no expensive equipment.
My dad fell asleep during Wolf Of Wall Street. DiCaprio said “and what do you do when you’re making money?..” my dad sleep-talked “SAVE IT”
— Adam Hess (@adamhess1) December 26, 2014
Money makes the world go around. While many of us wish this wasn’t the case, it’s currently the reality of the situation, meaning the world is divided into haves and have-nots. Getting out of debt and starting to save rather than spend is a good first step towards financial independence.
The first job for anyone seeking to improve their financial situation is getting out of debt, which is what /r/Debt/ is focused on. Living frugally or being thrifty with money should help in this regard, which is where /r/Frugal/ and /r/Thrifty prove invaluable. The all-encompassing /r/personalfinance/ gives a solid overview of money matters, and if your efforts are successful you may find yourself on the way to financial independence with help from /r/FinancialIndependence/.
What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?
Whatever your new year’s resolution may be, we hope this article has led you to finding the help, advice, and support you need to stick to it for the full 12 months. All we ask in return is for you to tell us all about your new year’s resolution.
Please take to the comments section below and tell us your own personal story of success or failure when it comes to making and keeping new year’s resolutions. What are they? Why have you chosen them? How do you hope to make them stick when previous attempts have all failed?
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