Swazi Observer

Swazi Observer
Swazi Observer


By Phila Dlamini -Vilakati | 2017-10-29

The New Year is slowly nearing, and with the holiday season already upon us many people are indulging in retrospection and re-evaluating some of their life choices.

New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity for all those who have failed to start making the changes that they said they would make next week, next month, or perhaps when winter starts.

Well, now’s your chance to sit down and prepare a list of important lifestyle changes you want to make. Well since a majority of people fail to stick to their new year’s resolution, let’s be creative a little bit and think of it as year end resolutions.

As you do your own introspection, here are a few issues you can consider if you are looking for effective ways of changing your life for the better.

 Get in shape. Losing weight is the top resolution for Americans, and combined with “exercise more” and “stay fit and healthy” it is something that over a third of the population wishes to achieve. It’s easy enough to start an exercise and diet programme, but the trick is to find a decent one that will give you steady results and will be easy to stick to in the long run. Have a look at these tricks, hacks, exercises and mistakes to avoid being a failure where weight loss is concerned. Try BANTING…it works!

Start eating healthier food, and less food overall. This is usually an extension of the previous resolution. Switching to a healthier diet can be incredibly tricky when we are surrounded by cheap junk food. However, with a good amount of determination and some basic tips you can slowly develop healthier eating habits.

Learn to control emotional eating, be aware of reasons for diets to fail, make use of good tips and have a look at new, awesome and healthy recipes.

 Become more active. Some people don’t really have a big weight problem, and they even get some exercise a few times a week, but they just sit around most of the time at home and at work, which can have a negative effect on their posture and health. In that case, all you need is to find ways of moving around more throughout the day instead of staying hunched over the computer. It’s even more fun if you share your activity with friends and family.

Stop procrastinating. The biggest barrier that keeps most people from reaching their goals is the desire to relax and do something fun instead of working hard. Once you get used to procrastinating it’s difficult to snap yourself out of it, so you’ll need to put in a lot of work to change this bad habit. There are many useful tips out there to find your way to stop procrastinating. There are also tools which can help you achieve this task.

Improve your concentration and mental skills. People have been trying to find ways to improve their focus and cognitive capacities for thousands of years, and most ancient civilisations had some combination of mental exercise and  medicine to help them reach this goal. Today we can use anything from apps to ancient meditation techniques to boost concentration and hone our mental skills. If you go through with this, you will be able to control your mood, learn faster and have an easier time solving problems.

Become more confident and take some chances. If you are confident other people notice it, and it is much easier to have your opinions heard, be comfortable when you’re out on a date and get ahead at work. A good dose of self-confidence will help you lead a much happier life overall. Don’t hesitate to get some input on ways to boost your confidence.

Learn to control your emotions. Uncontrolled anger can get you into a lot of trouble. Be careful of the way you handle anger. Gaining control over your feelings allows you to keep a level head and think more rationally, even during emotionally charged conflict situations. Jealousy and pride are destructive in all circumstances.

Earn more money. Even billionaires are always looking for ways to earn more money, and we common folks can definitely use an additional source of income to make life a bit more comfortable. Fortunately, there are plenty of options available, like having side jobs, working as a freelancer or using the internet to your advantage.

Become more polite. Good manners have always been an important part of a civilised society. They make it easier to connect with others, avoid offending people and will ensure that others perceive you as a good and trustworthy person. So know the etiquette, be prepared for other manners which the people around you come with. Deal with rude people in the right way and learn how to say no.

Spend more time with the people that matter the most. There is just too little time in this life for us to waste it on insincere, duplicitous and toxic people. We should focus on the people who we care about deeply and who care about us, as this is the best way to stay happy. Spend more time with family and friends who have become family.

Get out of debt. You can’t really move forward in life if you are weighed down by debt. The road to financial freedom is a rocky one, but it is definitely manageable with a bit of planning and self-restraint. Take a look at these strategies and methods and pay off your debt. You won’t believe how good it will feel.

Start saving money. Once you have your debt under control, it’s time to start putting some money aside. A rainy day fund and some extra money that can go towards traveling; enjoying a holiday, fixing the house or buying a new car. This will no doubt be a welcome change of pace. Make use of all sorts of tips of how to save money efficiently.


Face your fears and insecurities. You will find this particular point masked beneath other New Year’s resolutions, but fear and insecurity are often the cause of several problems that we want to address. You need to think of it as surviving and controlling your fear rather than overcoming it, and it will enable you to shed off a lot of the insecurities that you have.


As 2018 draws closer…


“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.” –Abraham Lincoln


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