Having trouble keeping to your New Year’s resolutions? You’re definitely not alone!
We’ve put together some points you can turn to when you feel the pressure of your new resolutions are getting on top of you.
Many of our resolutions centre around health, with diet and exercise top of the list. It’s estimated that less than half the people who undertake a New Year’s resolution keep it up for over 6 months, with only 20% completing their goal. We’re here to change that!
Surprisingly, a lot of your resolutions can be kept in check with changes of habit. Many of the problems people encounter while sticking to their lifestyle changes are habitual.
Little changes of habits and not getting too tied up in the resolution can often be a big help in sticking to your new year goals. If you feel you are beginning to wobble, here are a few handy tips to keep you on track – whether that’s taking care of your body or your bank balance.
Keep it Down
If you think you’ve set your targets too high or have taken on too many resolutions and are struggling already, focus on what’s the most important change you would like to make and drop away all the others.
Write it Down
Write down on a piece of paper or put a note on your phone why you are doing this resolution. When you find your resolve beginning to slip, refer back to the note and remind yourself why you’re doing this.
Break it Down
Short term goals are easier to achieve and can give you quick wins to keep you motivated. If it’s weight loss, focus on losing the first 5 pounds, then the next 5 pounds. The same with saving money, focus on the first £50 and so on. Smaller bite-size goals will be less daunting and you can look back on each achievement to keep you going.
Habits & Routines
If you feel you are failing with your resolutions it’s time to look at your habits and change your routines. Habits are embedded within routines, so changing or disrupting your routines can have a positive effect on your habits.
Instead of going out for lunch at work, change your routine to make something healthy the night before and take your own food into work. Meeting up with friends at the pub or a cafe? why not go for a walk instead.
The same with environments, they affect our routines, without thinking about it, you eat popcorn at the cinema but not at work. Break bad habits by implementing new routines, like changing to smaller plates in the kitchen to change overeating.
Positives & Negatives
Make sure you’re positive and have some positive options available should you have any moments of weakness. For example, if your resolution is to give up or cut down on junk food and you’re thinking ‘I really want a burger’, have 3 positive habit buster options ready like (a) I’ll have an apple (b) I’ll have a glass of water, or (c) I’ll go for a walk instead.
Negatively framed responses to ‘I really want a burger’ like ‘I will not eat a burger’ only make you think more about not eating the burger and wanting it more. Trying to suppress a thought actually makes us think about that thought more.
No, you can’t have a slice of chocolate cake if you lose a few pounds! Reward yourself by doing something different, break the habit. Treat yourself to a new item of clothing or catch a movie. Saved up money to hit your next target? Then meet some friends for a walk and a catch-up – it’s free and healthy!
Don’t be harsh on yourself
Don’t take the odd slip up as total failure. This is unproductive to your goal. Just reset the week and start again. One day at a time is the key here!
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