There’s always time for change
With January 1st fast approaching, we are already planning our meal-plans, what book we will finally read, colour co-ordinating our new folder and making it to the gym, all on the same day. There is some deep rooted superstition inside us that makes us believe that if we don’t start our New Year resolutions on January 1st we never will. It’s worth getting used to the idea that New Year’s Day is just like any other day and you can make resolutions without it having to be a specific date. So if you don’t manage to go for a morning run, drink that bright green smoothie, or finally read the small print of your insurance policy, don’t be too hard on yourself. Try to realise that you can slowly introduce changes to your life no matter the time of year.
Determine more realistic resolutions
Most of us will choose a resolution that we’ve had before and tell ourselves that we won’t stop until we lose those extra pounds. Instead of picking the same old resolutions, find another area in your life that needs improvement. This could be anything from getting our work diary up to date or attempting to reduce the amount of hours we spend binge-watching Netflix. It may seem simple but it will be rewarding in the long run and it is definitely easier to approach these tasks one day at a time rather than all at once.
Slow and steady wins the race
We are all guilty of falling off the resolution-heaped wagon after a couple of weeks. This is largely down to us giving ourselves unrealistic goals and then getting overwhelmed when we realise we are not in fact superhuman. Instead of forcing yourself to the gym every single day, give yourself 2 or 3 days of rest or light exercise rather than a full session. This way, you still get to look forward to your free evenings and you won’t give up after two weeks of aching muscles. It takes at least 21 days to break an old habit at which stage it should be much easier to continue with your resolution, so you need to continue your efforts for over three weeks to give yourself a real chance.
Always remember to be proud of yourself and what you have achieved, no matter how small. If you have been doing well with your resolution, treat yourself. Buy yourself something nice or do something you enjoy. Treating ourselves is another way to reduce the risk of giving up because we won’t feel deprived. On the other hand, if you feel you haven’t achieved anything, don’t beat yourself up about it. Appreciate that you were busy or weren’t in the right frame of mind and allow yourself to start again next week, it’s never too late to try again.