New year, new you…… or so they say. But really, have you changed your habits from 2015? Are you rising with the sun to do yoga each morning, are you switching off from social media, or, and this is the best, are you sticking with your January 1 resolution for no sugar at all during the week?
Now, these goals start with the best of intentions. I’m not going to look at you and say ‘hey, it’s the middle of January and you haven’t done so well, may as well give up now”. Probably not. But what I will suggest is that you look at your aims for your health / wellness / career / self that you’ve set post christmas and look at how they fit with your life…. and see if it’s conducive to your existing lifestyle, and b) if it’s actually something you want to achieve.
Like, let’s look at the sugar thing. I know people overindulge SO much during christmas, spending half of December buzzing from cakes, slices, cocktails and mince pies. And to compensate, they set strict rules for Jan (and sometimes Feb, if they’re feeling extra strong). How this plays out though.. it’s a little interesting. Some people thrive and feel exhilarated when they learn that they don’t actually need sugar in their life (weird concept I know). Others feel like they are being dragged through a pit of coals and avoid any social event at a bar, restaurant or house (so pretty much become a recluse). And then the rest of us swing between the two, with actions ranging from cursing the sweet delights that once lifted them, and the rest of the time proclaiming a love for the #sugarfreelife.
Regardless of if you’re in column a), b), or c); I commend you. You’ve recognised that there’s something you want to work towards and you’re one of the rare few that actually follow through on their words. Before dancing around too much though, stop for a moment and look at what the purpose of the goal is. If it’s to maintain a healthier weight, to save money, to learn how to nourish your body properly.. Whatever it is, just acknowledge it. Then, write this down in places you will see. Phone background, wall next to your bed, etc etc. This way you have a ‘bigger picture’ of the goal and even if you slip up once or twice, you’ll see that in the scheme of things, it’s not that important. And crucially, one error wont kill your motivation - as long as your behaviour sticks with this overall objective, then you’re on the right track.
And that, more than any one action, is much more relevant. Because to be honest with you, a year is a long time… so you’ve got a while until the next NY resolution kicks in. Use this wisely.