Happy 2019! It’s January, which means that many people will be working hard on their New Year’s resolutions. However, you might be surprised to know that making New Year’s resolutions would only lead you to failure, according to Forbes.
Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, we’re encouraged to write down and review our past year’s accomplishments before setting new goals. Goals are more measurable, specific, and realistic, which in turn could help you to stay focused and motivated.
If you’re done setting new goals, why not move on to doing a complete New Year makeover? We’ll show you how to do it all without breaking the bank.
1. How to give your health a makeover
A 2017 AIA study revealed that many Malaysian employees were overworked, stressed, led unhealthy lifestyles, and as a result, were at high risk of health problems and mental health issues, as reported by FMT. Malaysia also has the highest rate of diabetes in Asia.
Now is the best time for you to makeover your health to avoid major health issues later. It may be an uphill battle, but the good news is, there’s no need to spend thousands of Ringgit to be healthier, slimmer, and happier. Here’s how:
- Want a slimmer and healthier you? Eat the right food and watch when you eat. Check out our smart tips to help you lose weight
- Skip the expensive gym and work out at home, or wherever you are! The average gym membership fees in Malaysia range between RM100 to RM350 a month (depending on the gym and fitness programme). Consider these free fitness apps and exercise equipment to improve your home workouts
- Still prefer going to the gym? We found 4 affordable pay-per-entry gyms under RM15 in Petaling Jaya and Subang Jaya
- Need a bit more discipline? You can get a personal AI wellness coach at your fingertips with Healthify Me, a health app that will set a daily budget for you based on your fitness goal, weight, age, lifestyle, and other parameters
2. How to give yourself a makeover
The cheapest and easiest ways to improve your looks are to improve your nutrition (which helps boost your looks and mood), drink more water, do some exercise and get adequate rest. Do all of these consistently, and you’ll see some positive improvements in time.
Also, who says you can’t beautify yourself on a budget? Start by prioritising what you want the most. Is it shinier hair? Clearer skin? New wardrobe? Next, come up with a budget for each and set a schedule for the makeover. You don’t have to do everything at once.
Go to a discount beauty store for affordable cosmetics, skincare, or hair products. You can also check out low-price stores like Daiso or Yubiso. If you’re too busy to DIY, visit a beauty school where services are less expensive since it will be the students doing the makeover.
If you’re not too fussy about brands, visit Berjaya Times Square or Kenanga Wholesale City for affordable clothing. You can find cute blouses or cool shirts as low as RM10 and more.
3. How to give your home a makeover
Your home should be the heaven you escape to after a long, hard day at work. A messy, dirty home will give you negative feelings and energy. Start by cleaning up and decluttering your home by following the simple KonMari method:
- Let go of useless things to make room for the things that matter
- Keep only the things that spark joy
Next, update your home without any major renovation. Some of the non-expensive updates you can consider include:
- Adding new lighting
- Changing the door handles and drawer pulls
- Updating your curtains or shades
- Landscaping your garden
- Sprucing up a room (e.g. bedroom, bathroom, or living room) by adding decorative yet practical objects that are pleasing to your eyes
- Painting a new wall colour
- Adding easy-to-install-and-remove wallpaper
You can find cheap curtains, shades, home décor products, kitchenware, and other home improvement items at stores like Kaison, Daiso, Yubiso, Mr. DIY, or Komonoya. Also, make it a point to read about the 10 things you should discard from your home for a clutter-free life.
4. How to give your lifestyle a makeover
If you’ve watched Mad Men, you’d know that chasing happiness through consumerism is an illusion. Want to get rid of your financial woes? Aim to live a minimalist lifestyle!
According to lifestyle experts, minimalist living can help you solve some of your financial problems as there will be less focus on material possessions. You’ll invest in high-quality items which you’ll reuse over and over again.
Plus, you don’t need a huge home to live a minimalist life so this could help you in saving more on rental costs. Smaller places typically cost less, and you’ll also get to save more on utilities. Consider the pros and cons of minimalist living to see whether it suits you.
5. How to give your finances a makeover
If your current finances aren’t looking good, it’s time to do a makeover. Check out our personal finance articles to improve your finances. Don’t forget to work on your credit score as well, since it could benefit you financially. For example, getting low interest rates for loans and credit cards and a higher chance of loan and credit card approval. A low interest rate for your loan or credit card would definitely help you save more in the long run.
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