5 Top Tips to Help You Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution
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 fail to complete our resolutions as soon as February 1st comes. Whether your resolution big or small, we’re here to help you stick to it!
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 getting yourself down, set goals that will work best for you and your lifestyle.
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 even more manageable chunks. By taking baby steps toward 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.
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 hold yourself accountable for how far you have come. At the end of the day, it is easier to achieve a goal if you concentrate on one area!
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 such 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.
Make a Plan for Your Resolution
It is easy to get excited about setting goals and forgetting about the actual achievement especially when the holidays are over and your back to the hustle and bustle of reality. Once you have decided what your goal will be, it is useful to make a physical and visual plan that you can focus on. Try sticking it on your refrigerator, your mirror etc. 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!
Get Fit – An ideal way to start your fitness journey is approach it gradually rather than jumping into the deep end. Running apps are a great way to track your progress for example; Couch to 5K. This app involves a week-by-week description of the 9 week set of Couch to 5K podcasts. Each week involves 3 runs. The app gives you a choice of coaches. As well as Laura, who features on the podcasts, you can also be coached by celebrities such as Jo Whiley, Sarah Millican, Sanjeev Kohli or Michael Johnson. Download the app here: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/one-you-couch-to-5k/id1082307672.
Improving 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 exciting healthy foods. Jamie Oliver’s ‘VEG’ is a great option if you are trying to introduce more nutrition into your diet! Instead of saying you will eat healthy seven days a week, try to cook three new healthy recipes a week- keeping it realistic but still making changes!
Spending More Time with the Family – Why not plan to do something different and exciting at least once a month. Maybe push yourself out of your comfort zone- it could end up 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/.
Lees Screen Time – Spending less time on devices is proven to have several benefits. These include; improved sleep, increased focus, reduced eye- strain and headaches. Not only this, but spending less time looking at your phone screen will only 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. This allows you to be consistent with the amount of sleep you get. (i.e going to bed and waking up at the same time every day) is better for your health, this is useful tool that makes it easier to achieve this goal. The bedtime app will also give you a reminder 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.
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.
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.