It’s a new year, and even if you haven’t committed to a New Year’s Resolution up until this point, it’s never too late to make a change. As a society, we generally associate New Year’s Resolutions with signing up for gym memberships and going on a diet. In reality, though, a new resolution could be as simple as stretching for 5 minutes every morning to release tension. It could be to write down 3 things you’re grateful for at the end of each day. Ultimately, making a resolution for yourself is making a promise to work towards a healthier and happier you, body and mind.
A few tips to get you started on keeping that New Year’s Resolution going strong are:
- Less drama, keep it real: Don’t chalk out a resolution that is not doable. Don’t refrain yourself from eating your favorite dish again to keep the pounds from adding on. It will not work; depraving yourself will only make it seem like an ordeal. Be realistic with yourself.
- Chart it out: Don’t make a plan that is momentary; think long term. A resolution is not something made on December 31st, it is rather a decision that is the fruit of a chain of events. Decide on your plan of action to resist that last piece of cake. Mentally prepare a list of pros and cons of breaking your resolution.
- Small victories: Treat yourself every time you reach a goal. Instead of looking at it as a punishment, think of it as a positive change in your eating pattern. When you eat clean, you feel good.
- Maintain a journal: Writing it down makes it seem more real than thinking about it. Jot down your successes and road blocks. Also, it is easier to keep track of the progress you make.
- Persevere: A habit is formed when you repeat an activity for a period of 21 days. Practice your self-obedience and perseverance.
Ultimately, if you fail the first time, keep at it until you succeed. Habits are a result of repetition, and repetition is a result of practice.