Rethink your New Year’s resolution and make a life saving
As of today, 24 January, 30
million Britons will have broken their New Year’s
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):
- Pain (chest pain)
- Pulse (weak or rapid)
- Pale (ashen skin)
- 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
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
- 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.’