The end of the year often makes us reflect upon the passing of the year. This is also the time where we set resolutions for the coming year. For instance, I endeavour to burn off all the extra calories and kilos that I have accumulated from the December birthday bingeing.
It can be daunting, though, when your list of New Year's Resolutions is as long as your Xmas shopping list (!) In addition to the post-holiday slump, not starting your resolutions early in the year makes it even harder to keep to them. Notwithstanding, it is important to remember that the New Year is not meant to be a catalyst for sweeping character changes. It is really a time for us to reflect on our past year's progress, as well as our behaviour (or lack of it), and then decide on specific positive lifestyle changes. Setting small, attainable goals can help us reach whatever that we strive for. In a way, it is not the extend of the change that matters, but rather the recognition that we want to make a change, and then working towards it, one step at a time.
Hence, here are FIVE steps or tips to make you with your resolutions.
Try to make resolutions that you can keep. For example, if you aim to exercise more regularly, schedule three or four days a week at the gym instead of seven. If you would like to eat healthier, try replacing dessert with something that you enjoy, such as a piece of fruit. In this way, you will be able to ease into your resolution without seeing it as a form of a punishment or a disincentive.
One at a Time
Undesirable behaviours develop over time. Therefore, replacing such habits with healthier ones requires time and effort. Do not get overwhelmed and that you have to reassess everything in your life. In fact, try to work towards changing one thing at a time, and perhaps choose the one that matters the most.
Share your intent with your family and friends. Consider joining a movement (like Wellaholic) as a form of a support to help you reach your goals. This is especially so for fitness goals, such as workouts and exercise regimes. Having someone to share your struggles and succeses with, makes your journey to a healthier lifestyle much easier. \
Don't be afraid to Stumble
Perfection is unattainable. remember that the minor stumbles and missteps that you face in the attempt to reach your goals are completely normal and alright. Do not give up completely just because you ate a tub of Ben and Jerry's and broke your diet. Resolve to recover from your mistakes and then bounce back.
Ask for Support
Getting help from those who are behind you will help strengthen your resilience. Try to be open to seeking professional help when needed. Knowing when to ask for help takes a great deal of courage and strength.
In any case, making resolutions in the new year is better than not making any resolutions at all. I strongly encourage you to take some time to run through what you would like to achieve in 2017! Don't let the year zoom past without a set of goals or targets!!
I am MrWildy and I am trying to journal more about my life and also my travels. Find out more about me here.