New year, fresh start and a bright outlook on all the goals and plans you’ve set. You feel positive and ready to tackle them all, but it’s easy to lose track a couple of months in. Why so?
One of the signs that your new year resolutions might be going out of fashion is that you have set unrealistic goals, and trying to achieve them can become frustrating. For example, going to the gym every day might be a healthy move, but if realistically you can only do two sessions a week, focus on making those two time extra productive rather than not being able to keep up with your routine.
Also be specific about your goals. It’s great if you want to learn a new language, but try and narrow down the level you want to achieve and if the class timings fit in with your work and downtime schedule.
A little does really go a long way. If you’ve been to start a new diet, don’t dive straight into juice cleanses and intense eating plans if this is your first time. Start by changing one of your usual meals to something more wholesome, or cut one or two things out of your diet that you tend to binge on. Once you and your body adjusts to the change, you can start pushing the limits, and not quit after a week.
It’s a lot more fun when you enlist a family member or a friend to take part in your new year’s resolution. You can keep each other motivated and on track.
If at first you do succeed, try again. Give yourself a break if something you’ve started doesn’t go to plan. Maybe you need to approach from a new angle or adjust your expectations.
Resolutions should not feel like a punishment, but a way to push you out of your comfort zone and make the everyday a little more exciting.