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Burnt-out resolutions: a feel-better guide for the already tired

Keep your resolutions manageable

Keep your resolutions manageable

One of the most important things when planning your new year is not trying to change too many things at once.

Focus on achieving one change that can then be turned into a habit, because once something is a habit you are likely to do it every day.

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