New year seems like a natural time for most people to make important changes. It’s almost like a universal pushing of the ‘reset’ button - a clean slate. Everyone is familiar with the generic “new year, new me” comment, but the truth is, year after year we tend to have broken our resolutions before February 1st! So, whether your new year’s resolution is big or small, we’re here to help you stick to it!
1 - Make Sure Your Resolution is Realistic
Most people mess up before making it out of January because their resolution is not achievable. By committing to one simple, do-able resolution you will find it easier to want to stick to it! There’s always a million ways you can improve yourself, and when the new year rolls around, it’s tempting to try to do them all - even the tricky ones. It is important to be honest with yourself. For example; cooking dinner at home four nights a week should not be your resolution if you are constantly travelling for work. To avoid ending up feeling disappointed that you’ve not managed to stick to your new year’s resolutions, set goals that work best for you and your lifestyle.
2 - Make it a Habit
Once you’ve decided on your New Year’s resolution, the next step is to buckle down on the daily behaviours that will allow you to achieve it. Take the larger goal and break it down to into manageable chunks. By taking baby steps towards completing a larger goal, you build momentum that snowballs into your desired end result. Our brains are wired to reward a sense of progress, no matter how small. By achieving “small wins” every day, you turn these little changes into daily habits and that behaviour becomes part of your routine.
3 - Make Sure it’s Specific
It is important that your resolution is specific in order for it to be measurable. For example, if your goal is to eat healthier, you need to break it down: “I want to eat two pieces of fruit per day”. You should record your progress so you can see how far you have come. At the end of the day, it is easier to achieve a goal if you concentrate on one area!
4 - Shine a Positive Light on Your Goals
Whatever your resolution may be, it shouldn’t sound like a prison sentence and you shouldn’t dread doing it. Try not to put a negative spin on the positive developments in your life, like getting healthier or exercising. It should be a mindset. Look for an activity you enjoy or something that you can get friends and family to join in with. If you make negative promises to yourself, they won’t stick. You should be able to walk into your resolution knowing that it will lift your mood rather than destroy it.
5 - Make a Plan for Your Resolution
It’s easy to get excited about setting goals and forgetting about the actual achievement, especially when the holidays are over and you’re back to the hustle and bustle of daily life. Once you have decided what your goal is, it’s useful to make a physical and visual plan that you can focus on. Try sticking it on your refrigerator or your mirror so you see it every day. Listing the pros of your goal can help remind you why giving up isn’t an option and can also keep you motivated. Personal growth is an investment!
Some great new year’s resolution Ideas!
1. Get fit – An ideal way to start your fitness journey is to approach it gradually rather than jumping in at the deep end. Fitness apps are a great way to help you to this and also help to keep you on track. If you’re completely new to keeping fit, running is a great way to get started and we particularly like the Couch to 5K app. Here’s why:
- Whether you've never run before or if you just want to get more active, Couch to 5K is a free and easy way of getting fitter and healthier
- The aim of this app is to literally get you off the couch and running 5K in 9 weeks
- The plan involves 3 runs a week, with a day of rest in between, and a different schedule for each of the 9 weeks
- The app gives you a choice of celebrity coaches such as Jo Whiley, Sarah Millican, Sanjeev Kohli or Michael Johnson. You can download the app here: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/one-you-couch-to-5k/id1082307672.
2. Improve your diet – One way to improve your diet is to explore new foods and recipes. Why not invest in a healthy recipe book to introduce you and your family to new and exciting healthy foods. Jamie Oliver’s ‘VEG’ is a great option if you’re trying to get more nutrition into your diet! Instead of committing to cooking healthy meals seven days a week, try to cook three healthy recipes a week – you’re more likely to stick to it if you keep it realistic!
3. Spending more time doing active things with the family – Why not plan to do something different and exciting with your family at least once a month – preferably outdoors! Try to push yourself out of your comfort zone - it could end up being a good laugh! Research what’s on in your local area and put it into the family calendar.
Find out what’s going on in your area here: https://www.wherecanwego.com/.
4. Less screen time – Spending less time on devices is proven to have several benefits. These include; improved sleep, increased focus and reduced eye-strain and headaches. As well as these benefits, spending less time looking at your phone screen will allow you to be more productive with your time! Swap online conversations for real life ones, look for other ways to fill your spare time rather than looking at repetitive information online. Why not use the bedtime app too? It allows you to be consistent with the amount of sleep you get e.g. going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. This can have a positive impact on your health and this useful tool will also remind you to put your phone down and go to sleep!
Find out how to set up the bedtime app here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208655.
5. Cut back on alcohol – Though alcohol can certainly fit into a healthy diet, drinking too often can negatively affect your health. What’s more, drinking alcohol frequently may keep you from reaching your health and wellness goals. If you think cutting back on alcohol may be helpful for you, set a reasonable goal to keep yourself on track, such as limiting drinking to weekend nights only or setting a drink limit for the week. If you need a non-alcoholic beverage idea to replace your usual cocktail of choice, try fruit-infused sparkling water or a fun mocktail.
6. Drink more water – Drinking more water has endless health benefits including improved physical performance, energy levels and brain function. Although this is an essential in our lives, we can always go the extra mile to make sure that we are getting enough. Why not buy a water tracker bottle and make sure you refill and drink the recommended amount!
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