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Young professionals and their resolutions for 2016

With 2016 just behind the door, it is time to start thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions. If some are determined to lose weight others might want to concentrate more on their careers. Take a few minutes and ponder what you really want. Our Young professionals have already decided upon their resolutions for 2016. Sandrine Salick: “Support women suffering from domestic violence” 25-year old Sandrine has been crown as Mrs Mauritius 2015. Her resolution for 2016 is to set her dream project which is not unveiling so soon. “Apart from my project, I will support the NGO SOS Femmes in their combat against domestic violence. I will see how I can bring my contribution and support to those women,” she shares. (In main photo-3)   Prerrnah Sheena Beesoo: “I will participate in a pageantry contest” A professional model Sheena, 19 years old and a resident of Baie Du Cap believes that New Year is a great time to reflect on the changes we want to or need to make. “My first resolution, I want to change myself and I want to be someone full of energy and confident. Like everybody I want to realise my dreams. I was always fascinated by the fashion world. Hence I will participate in a pageantry contest which will help me a lot and of course I will get the chance to help people. Also represent my country at international levels. I want to improve myself by helping more people who have cancer. Encourage them and bring a smile on their face. This was somehow my dream to work with any organization like Canma or Link to life. To deal with our daily routine we need to stay fit and healthy. Starting gym as from next year,” she reveals.   Muhammad Waliid Roojee: “My priority will be my Physiotherapy clinic” Head of Corporate Health and Fitness at Berlin Evolutions Ltd and physiotherapist, Waliid states that 2015 has been a wonderful year and in 2016 he will be concentrating on his physiotherapy clinic. “Full of adventures, challenges, lots of travelling and that also includes getting lost in the desert around Petra in Jordan and more. 2016 surely looks promising in terms of personal growth and business. With the opening of my Physiotherapy Clinic soon, things are already getting interesting,” he says. (In main photo-4)     Tasweena Girdhari: “Maintain a health and fitness regime” Vice President of JCI City Plus and physiotherapist, Tasweena has decided take her time and mental energy to sit down and compile a list of what she wants to accomplish within the next 365 days. “First I want to travel. Travelling will make me feel replenished and rejuvenated. Second, maintain a health and fitness regime. Despite being a regular resolution, it is certainly one of the most difficult to achieve. But, I will definitely keep this one. Moreover, spend more time with family While we tend to be busy these days, it will be an ideal occasion to reconnect with the family,” she avers.       Jean-Luc Marie: “To be more socially involved” 26-year old Jean-Luc, a resident of Port-Louis works in the education sector. His resolution for 2016 is to be more socially involved. “I would really like to dedicate myself to volunteering in an organisation trying to make a difference, even though I do not know exactly in what direction this may take me. On a more personal level I would like to dedicate more time to my family and to one of my passions, music,” he highlights. (In main photo-1) Soobeersingh Kenny Dhunoo: “Take guitar lessons” Soobeersingh Kenny Dhunoo currently serves as Investment Executive at the Africa Centre of Excellence, Board of Investment of Mauritius (BOI). His resolution for the year 2016 is to develop career management tools needed to achieve career growth either in the public or private sector. “On a personal ground, I make my dream become a reality by taking up guitar lessons, a healthier lifestyle through a double dose of practice of mindful breathing, meditation and yoga. Last but not the least, I believe that angels exist and everyone should aim at unleashing their angels. There is nothing better than making someone smile, I will bring more smiles on many faces this upcoming year by contributing more to the society in a view to make it a better place for each and every one,” he confides. (In main photo-2)   Arshaad Indar: “Acquire skills and knowledge” A self employed barrister Arshaad believes that the year 2016 starts with a new zest and new energy all over. “At the beginning we sow the seeds of a resolution that we think will spread light on our way and guide our path over the year. A strong and moral resolution helps one to accomplish and triumph in everyday life.  2016 is a financial challenge more particularly due to the credit crunch on the international chessboard, so I strongly believe that reducing unnecessary expenses, continuously making investment and donating to needy people should be the norm. 2016 is the year for me to acquire skills and knowledge precisely for the fact that I started a new career. Learning has no age and you can learn anything anytime whether they may reconcile to your present profession or not. Spending time with family and friends is also on top of the list for 2016. Health is wealth and spending on health is an investment. More time to be allocated for sports exercise and sufficient sleep is a must. On top of all, I am convinced that everyone’s resolution for 2016 should be to maintain a happy mood, keep smiling and try to bring a smile on others,” he reveals.
  Tips to maintain your resolution
  1. Be Realistic
The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable. For instance, resolving to never eat your favorite food again is setting you up to fail. Instead, strive for a goal that is attainable, such as avoiding it more often than you do now.
  1. Plan Ahead
Don’t make your resolution on New Year’s Eve. If you wait until the last minute, it will be based on your mindset that particular day. Instead, it should be planned well before December 31 arrives.
  1. Outline Your Plan
Decide how you will deal with the temptation to skip that exercise class or have that piece of cake. This could include calling on a friend for help, practicing positive thinking and self-talk, or reminding yourself how your “bad” will affect your goal.
  1. Make a “Pros” and “Cons” List
It may help to see a list of items on paper to keep your motivation strong. Develop this list over time, and ask others to contribute to it. Keep your list with you and refer to it when you need help keeping your resolve.
  1. Talk about It
Don’t keep your resolution a secret. Tell friends and family members who will be there to support your resolve to change yourself for the better or improve your health. The best-case scenario is to find a buddy who shares your New Year’s resolution and motivate each other.
  1. Reward Yourself
This doesn’t mean that you can eat an entire box of chocolates if your resolution is to eat a better diet. Instead, celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that doesn’t contradict your resolution. If you have been sticking to your promise to eat better, for example, reward yourself with new fitness clothing or by going to a movie with a friend.
  1. Track Your Progress
Keep track of each small success. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and each small accomplishment will help keep you motivated. Instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, focus on losing the first five. Keep a food journal to help you stay on track, and reward yourself for each five pounds lost.
  1. Dont Beat Yourself Up
Obsessing over the occasional slip won’t help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take one day at a time.
  1. Stick to It
Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. It won’t happen overnight, so be persistent and patient!
  1. Keep Trying
If you have totally run out of steam when it comes to keeping your resolution by mid-February, don’t despair. Start over again! Recommit yourself for 24 hours. You can do anything for 24 hours. The 24-hour increments will soon build on each other and, before you know it, you will be back on track.
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