Rethink your New Year’s resolution and make a life saving pact

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Rethink your New Year’s resolution and make a life saving pact

As of today, 26th January, 30 million Britons will have broken their New Year’s resolutions.   By just the fourth week of the year, nearly two-thirds of people have already abandoned their fresh start.   But, it’s not too late to make a resolution that is easy to keep – and one that has potential to save a life.   Deciding to learn the four symptoms of a heart attack and know first aid treatment takes six seconds and stays with you year-long.   Symptoms (aka 4Ps):

1.Pain (chest pain)

2.Pulse (weak or rapid)

3.Pale (ashen skin)

4.Perspiration (or profuse sweating)


•sit the patient down with knees bent

•call 999

•offer them 300mg of aspirin to chew

Each year in the UK, 92,000 people suffer heart attacks, and one-third of those die as a result. That’s over 30,000 people.   Rethinking your resolution is a quick and easy pledge that can be the difference for a loved one or a stranger. St John Ambulance believes that no one should die in a situation where first aid could have given someone a chance to live.

Tips for a successful resolution

The weather and post-holiday blues cause people to lose interest in their best – and sometimes costly – intentions, says behavioural psychologist Jo Hemmings.   Jo says, ‘Making a new resolution today that is realistic, and teaches us a skill, will be easier to keep and make us feel good about ourselves.’

Jo’s advice for making successful resolutions:

•It’s more satisfying to start something good instead of resolving to stop something bad in your life

•Resolutions which have some responsibility outside of your own needs often feel more worthwhile, and are less likely to be broken

•Making a resolution with another person, such as a friend, often helps us keep it

•Resolutions are more successful if they are goal-orientated and can be monitored regularly. Keep your expectations realistic so you can reach targets that are manageable.

Sue Killen, CEO of St John Ambulance says: ‘It’s not too late to make a new resolution and to try something which is attainable – and potentially life saving.   ‘Making a resolution this simple could enable you to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.’

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