New Year Wellbeing: Get past 15th January for your resolutions!
Don’t let your new year wellbeing goals get the better of you!
Did you know that most new year wellbeing goals or resolutions falter before January 15th. A common reason for this is setting goals that are too taxing or losing momentum due to the hum-drum of every day life. Another reason is because many take too much on in one go. Setting goals and achieving them is always a process, so seeing it as such is the first main tip towards achieving them. Expect and prepare for the downs as well as the ups and follow these simple steps to get back on track.
Tip 1: Set realistic goals towards your new year wellbeing plans
It’s mid January so you’re probably not thinking about new year much at all now. However, mid January serves as a great opportunity to review and reflect: What worked? What went wrong? What felt easy or hard to achieve? Taking the mid-month point as an opportunity to review gives you the oversight to change or alter your goals if needs be. If they’re too easy, then its time to start planning for the next step in your wider goal. If its too challenging then lighten the load, but keep focussing towards your goal. No matter how small the step the important thing is to keep going forward.
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Tip 2: Set goals that are achievable
Make it measurable
You’d be surprised how many people think that a complete lifestyle change is obtainable at the start of the year. It isn’t. The secret to sticking the pace is often by breaking larger goals into chunks. Decide what you want to do and when you want to achieve it by and then break it down into bitesized pieces. New year wellbeing goals are often served best by making them measurable: At what point can you say you’ve achieved it? For example, “I will lose 6 pounds by January 31st” is preferable to “I want to lose weight”.
Choose something you are likely to achieve
Proper “SMART” goals need to be achievable too. If you’re bending over backwards to meet your goal it will become naturally harder as other demands come to the fore. Before you spend money on a gym membership or buying the latest bit of tech, ask yourself whether you actually need it. Are you there yet? Often we want to spend money on obtaining a better vision of our future, but then fast realise that spending the money only opens the door to better health and wellbeing. We still have to act beyond that.
Tip 3: Don’t compare to others
Easier said than done, but those that compare to others are likely to feel less happy over time. Focus on what your goals are (and each step of your goal) rather than focussing on the glossy mags or that person who makes everything look easy in the gym. Knowing your limitations and strengths can help you to know when to push yourself or take a break. Rome most certainly wasn’t built in a day, no matter what anyone else says: Little steps that are achievable often win in the long term over punishing or hurting yourself.
Tip 4: Celebrate your wins
It’s easy to focus on the end goal and not see where you’ve come from. New year wellbeing goals often falter because of a lack of self-love, appreciation and respect. The reason you’ve set a goal and not started it before is because there’s something challenging as part of it. Simply turning up is something to celebrate sometimes- make a note and every so often treat yourself. In terms of treats, find treats that work alongside your goal. There’s no point treating yourself to a greasy hamburger if your goal is to not eat meat or to lose weight, for example… unless perhaps if this is part of your plan.
Tip 5: Stay healthy and step back if required
Health is more than just how we feel or move. If things get a bit much take a step back. It’s okay to plan to take a step back and can often be really advantageous with some goals to let your body or mindset repair and relax. Any goal that makes you unhealthy is not worth it, so make sure you take overview of what you’re wanting to achieve. Often keeping a brief journal can help you to spot trends.
Tip 6: Support yourself
If things are feeling a bit beyond you, or you are noticing restrictions, aches or pains that are getting in your way, it’s time for some support. That’s where we step in. We now offer a series of ways to offer you support from our Chiropractic services through to offering online group coaching support. Whatever your goal, James Harrison at Connective Chiropractic can help!
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