You’ve eaten the last quality street and put away the Christmas baubles; now it’s time to start the New Year with a new diary and a new lease of life.
You’ve got a fire in your belly to get healthy and a list of resolutions the length of your arm, but where to begin? …
Deborah has provided her top tips of how to take control of your wellbeing and achieve your goals.
- Don’t try to do too much
Be realistic about what you want to achieve and how you can accomplish it. Taking smaller, more manageable steps will improve your chances of sticking to it rather than burning yourself out too early on. Our goals are often too ambitious and quickly become demotivating when we can’t see them through. Tiny changes in the beginning will count towards your longer term success.
- Have goals which include doing things that excite you
Maintaining motivation is important, particularly at a time of year when the days are shorter and colder, making it more difficult to stick to your health plan. Once the excitement of a new goal wears off, so does the enthusiasm. Find something that drives you and you’ll be less likely to fall off the health wagon.
- Schedule time in your diary to focus on you and track your goals
Putting pen to paper makes it become a commitment as it reinforces our subconscious. The more we tell ourselves what we want to achieve, the more likely we are to make it happen.
Tracking your progress is one way of remaining focused and remember to reward yourself. If a reward can keep you motivated for 21 days, then you will have changed your habit too. Our mind memorises patterns, so doing something over and over, will build your willpower and self-discipline.
- Change your focus
So often we tackle things with a pessimistic view. Instead, celebrate what you have accomplished rather than what you still have to do.
- Take care of your mind too. Unplug from technology
We’re addicted to technology, but our brains need some downtime too. Unplugging from your smartphone – even just for an hour – to simply relax, recharge and reset will increase your sense of being fully present and allow you to take a much needed breather from all of that ‘FOMO’.