Are you determined to make 2017 a bit better than last year?
Have you already broken some, if not all, of your New Year’s resolutions?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
After a very busy and relentless Christmas period in the NHS you might be finding it difficult to remain positive and motivated about the year ahead. So, we thought we would help you out and give you some tips on the best ways to start 2017 with a bang:
- Book a Holiday
What better way to start the year than booking an amazing holiday? Now is the perfect time to find a bargain as many travel companies have huge sales in January. On top of that, you can use your NHS discount to add further savings. This is our pick of some fantastic NHS discounts on holidays:
- Jet2holidays – £100 off all holidays plus exclusive £25 NHS discount
- Virgin Holidays Sale – Huge savings plus an extra 5% NHS discount
- James Villa Holidays – Up to 10% extra NHS discount
- Eurocamp – Up to 50% NHS Discount
- Butlins – New Year Sale up to 30% off breaks
- Forest Holidays – 10% NHS discount
- Superbreak – Extra 10% NHS discount
- Haven – Up to 25% off all 2017 bookings
- Get fit and active
Exercising regularly is great for your health. It can give you a boost both physically and mentally, lowering the risk of many chronic illnesses, improving your mood, self-esteem and much more.
With so many fitness guru’s out there, and so many workout programmes and DVD’s available, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here’s some great tips to get you started, or you can check out our Health and Fitness Guide for NHS Staff for some more info.
- It doesn’t matter how fast, how long, or how good you are; if you’re exercising then you’re doing more than someone sat at home. Keep going.
- Ask your friends or partner if they would like to be your training buddy. This will help to push you on and keep you motivated.
- Plan which days you’re going to do some exercise and put it in your diary. You’re more likely to stick to it if you’ve planned ahead and committed to it.
- If you’re pushed for time, a quick 10-minute session of sit ups or a short run is better than doing nothing at all.
- Don’t overdo it. If you do too much too soon you could injure yourself.
- Variety is the spice of life. Mixing up your activities and workouts will help keep you interested.
- Start eating healthy
Eating healthily can be tough, especially when you’re working crazy shifts and not getting home until late at night.
If you do have time for a dinner break it’s important that you eat the right fuel to keep you going for the rest of your shift. It might be easy to have fish and chips from the canteen for a couple of quid, but it’s not going to help you in the long run.
There are lots of quick-and-easy recipes out there that would be great to take for your lunch at work. Eating healthy food doesn’t have to cost a fortune either, there’s plenty of ways that you can save money on your food shop.
- Enhance your career
Have you been thinking about progressing your career and developing your skills but never got around to it? You might need a qualification, it might mean going to university, doing some bank work, or simply finding a new position.
Speak to your line manager or HR if you’re not sure what options are available to you. If you have to interview for a new position, make sure that you’re fully prepared for it. Believe in yourself and you can go a long way.
What’s on your priorities list for 2017? Have you got any tips you could share to help someone else kick-start their year? Leave a comment below.
Andy is our Social Media & Community Coordinator, bringing you helpful tips, useful information and NHS news.
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