The New Year is the perfect opportunity for a fresh start; a chance to take a step towards becoming the person you want to be. There are so many different ways we can improve ourselves – after all, no one’s perfect! Here are just a few ways you could improve yourself this year.

Learn a new language

There are so many fantastic apps nowadays that you can use to learn a new language easily. Not only does learning a new language make holidays so much easier, but it’s also great for your brain’s health! What better start to a new year.

Improve your first impressions

First impressions matter, and if you aren’t coming across how you’d like, whether socially or at work, now is the time to change! From practising open body language to making sure you smile and coming up with ways to immediately engage a person in conversation to put them at ease, there are lots of ways you can ensure you make a positive impression on everyone you meet.

Get serious about self-care

You have to look after yourself before you can look after anyone else. If you’re feeling burned out, exhausted, undervalued or generally negative about things, it could be time to carve out a few hours every week to look after yourself to relax and unwind. Self-care can be almost anything – the only rule is that it’s all for you. 

Heal your mind

If you’re having mental health problems you should always talk to a doctor or healthcare professional first. But, if you’re just looking to undo unhealthy thinking patterns, try self-improvement. We recommend a self-improvement book like The Chimp Paradox. It will help you to make better decisions and have healthier thoughts, which will show through in every interaction you have with other people!

Sort your skin out once and for all

If the state of your skin is something that really knocks your confidence, make 2019 the year you finally invest in it. A course of SkinBase Microdermabrasion Facials is the perfect starting point – these deeply exfoliating, rejuvenating treatments help to restore soft, smooth, spot-free skin that glows. Microdermabrasion is fantastic for so many skin concerns, including blemish-prone skin, ageing, pigmentation, uneven skin tone and dullness. Using a specialised handset, the SkinBase therapist will pass a fine jet of abrasive crystals over the skin, to loosen dead skin, pore blockages, excess oil and grime. This debris is then gently vacuumed away using light suction, which has the added effect of stimulating collagen production and cell renewal. It’s easy to see why Microdermabrasion has such a rejuvenating effect on the skin, and why it can give you such a fantastic confidence boost! 

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Get hydrated

What does hydration have to do with putting your best face forward? This is something that people only ask before they start drinking two litres of water a day, trust us. When you’re properly hydrated, you have more energy, your brain works better and your skin is softer and clearer. You’re less likely to have your day ruined by headaches, and 4pm energy slumps are far less common. Everything feels better when you’re hydrated, so start the new year by working on those two litres, right away!

Get a haircut you really love

Do your research and find a salon that will really understand your hair – find a stylist who specialises in your hair type. Then, invest in a style you’ve always wanted, get a deep treatment or try a whole new hair care regime. If you have curly hair, why not start the Curly Girl Method? If your hair is limp and lank, try a deep protein treatment. Don’t like your colour? Try balayage for a more natural and lower-maintenance look than full dye. And if your hair is damaged, brittle and breaking? Go into Boots and find yourself the richest, thickest hair masque and slather it on. You’ll feel so much more confident when you have the hair you want.

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