Well, it’s New Year’s Resolution time again, and, if you’re like me, time you want to put together a huge list of potential accomplishments in the hope that you will at least achieve one throughout the year. For me 2018 was a tough year and moving forward in to 2019 i want to spend more time looking after myself and having more fun / stressing less.
So here are my four New Year's Resolutions for 2019:

Laugh More
As i mentioned in the opening paragraphs, 2018 was a tough year for me and one key takeaway of the year is the thought that i need to enjoy life more. I don't walk around being a grumpy shit, but parenthood and mental health issues have made me somewhat a little less chirpy. I am that annoying guy who tweets out a dad joke everyday and plays little pranks in the office. So with that in mind i am going to attempt to invest my energy in to looking on the lighter-side of life and not take "things" too seriously.

Mental Health
I have learned the hard way that having the right balance in life is of the upmost importance. For me i need to make sure i eat healthy and exercise well each week in order to keep myself in a good working order. It might sound easy but the pressures of day to day life/parent do throw several spanners in the works each and every day. Some days surviving on four hours sleep means i am going to skip the gym, eat junk food and drink my weight in tea.

I am also investing more time in to relaxation at home. I don't just mean giving myself time to reflect on the day or but my phone away for five minutes, i mean giving myself time to enjoy doing the activities i like doing each and every day. Whether that be hitting some golf balls at the driving range, playing on the Xbox or even playing a bit of poker or betting via Online Casinos UK; i just need to remind myself that by spending this time away from the worries of day to day life, will play a huge positive impact on my mental health.

Do more

It is too easy to sit on the sofa on my phone and do nothing, even when you consider yourself to be a get-up and go kinda person. Parenthood in its self brings challenges to making plans with friends and in recent year I confess I have done less and less with friends, family and colleagues. So, for 2019 I want to get out more; this means planning and prepping more play dates, family outings, catch-up with old and existing friends and to try new things.

The Stress of Money
I grew-up in a low-income household and as such I have always cherish and looked after my income. This plays in to the “tight yorkshireman” stereotype well I know, but honestly, I stress and worry about money even now. We never missed out as my mum and dad work long hours to make sure we had everything we wanted. Even though my partner and i both have good jobs and a good chunk of disposable income each month I still stress about money. I don’t want to spend it when I have it, so my goal for 2019 is to live a bit more carefree when it comes to money.

Karl Young

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK

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