COLUMN: Start the year with a positive attitude

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It’s that time of year – where we all start making resolutions for the next 12 months.

Instead of setting unrealistic tasks, why not follow these top tips for a healthy and positive outlook.

First things first, rise early. Getting the essential morning rays means you can benefit from the sun’s natural source of vitamin D.

Research has shown that early risers are more optimistic, conscientious and achieve a higher quality of sleep.

Successful people are aware of their health. A simple habit of monitoring your progress in your activities will help you gauge whether you need more rest or a good boost! Furthermore, studies show that exercise can boost creativity and productivity by as much as two hours.

Healthy eating is balance. Being more aware about what you are fuelling your body is one simple habit you can start now.

How do you expect your body run properly if there’s no fuel in the tank? Always keep a high protein, low carb snack in arms reach.

What makes a person successful, is when they fail, they get up, brush themselves down and keep going. Start with one little goal today and keep going until you get it. It’s addictive – trust me.

Actively seek an open mind. Reading about absolutely everything and anything can help build empathy. Empathy is the capacity to understand and share the feelings of another.