6 New Year’s Resolutions for London Life

With a renewed mindset on January 1st, most people set themselves some new year’s resolutions. It’s important to ensure these changes fit in with your current lifestyle and are achievable, otherwise sticking to them will be difficult! Make sure you’re one of the 8% that actually do stick to their resolutions! Here are a few realistic suggestions we think would be great for 2020 and are all easy to fit in with hostel and London life.

1 – Learn a new language

Speaking a second language is a great skill to have. Not only does it mean you can go to another country and feel confident in speaking their language, it also opens up new job opportunities and gives you the chance to establish cross-cultural friendships. Our hostels are culturally diverse places and you are sure to find friends here from many different countries. Why not pair up with a friend and teach each other your languages? Check out Duolingo or watch Netflix with subtitles. Or volunteer with us to perfect your English language skills!

2 – Make a new friend

You can never have too many friends, right?! Moving to a new country and living in a new place can be lonely. This year, why not try and reach out to someone new, whether it’s at work, university or around the hostel (hostels are a great place to meet new people). Go into the communal areas a bit more often and get involved with whatever is going in, whether it’s cooking a meal, watching some TV, playing a board game or just having a chat. It could really help someone who may not know many people in the area and be struggling to settle in, and it will give you an additional friend to have fun with. Win, win!

3 – Try something new!

London is full of fun things to do. So this year, try something different and get yourself a new hobby. Hobbies are great for making friends, building confidence and expanding your skillset whilst having lots of fun. There are lots of different kinds of things you can try in London for example rock climbing, circus skills, wine blending or paddle boarding! Check out this list of weird and wonderful hobbies in London! It’s easy to pick up new skills living in a hostel as you can learn from each other. You could try pairing up and learning to cook, play a musical instrument, a new sport or even some new IT skills. LHA London also offer volunteer roles where you can learn lots of new skills including English, communication skills and general work-life skills.

4 – Be fit and healthy

It’s important to stay fit and healthy, not just for your body but for your mind too. Small lifestyle changes like eating healthier meals, cutting down on alcohol and trying to do some exercise each week are easy to manage and can make a huge difference. Walk more – you’ll also benefit from seeing more of the fantastic sights of London. For some healthy meal ideas, you can try some of these healthy dinner recipes. And luckily for you, most of our hostels have gyms on site which residents can use for free. This makes it easy to fit a workout in around your other commitments. No excuses now! Check out these tips to Live Well.

5 – See more of London

After a few months living in the city, you’ve ticked off the top sights and you then tend to visit places just close to work or home. What a waste! Go on some London adventures, there is so much to explore.  Keep an eye out for the latest events and pop-ups, or just see where your feet take you!  For starters, check out the most Instagrammable places in London.

6 – Call home!

Life can be busy in London and sometimes we can often go too long without speaking to those closest to us. An easy thing to commit to doing this year is talking to your loved ones more often. Why not take half an hour to Facetime or call a family member or an old friend you haven’t spoken to for a while? We’re sure it will make their day as well as yours!

We provide affordable, long-term accommodation in the heart of London, so if you are looking for somewhere to start your adventure, and try out some of these new year’s resolutions, take a look at LHA London.

We have 13 hostels across Central London perfect for young professionals and students alike. With single rooms or shared rooms available to rent, low licence deposits of just £200/£300 and only 7 days notice needed to leave, LHA London is the perfect place to start your London journey without the huge commitment.

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