|Posted on 28 December, 2016 at 7:45|
With 2017 upon us many people are setting goals in order to embark on the New Year with a fresh mindset. If you are among those who set resolutions for self improvement please consider carefully if these resolutions will be beneficial to your physical, emotional health and general well being. Set yourself goals, task & treats to fulfil your year but remember to be realistic, here's some tips on making those New Year's resolutions stick
Start Small. Make simple resolutions you will be sure to keep. I.e. if you aim is to get physically fit aim to exercise 2-3 days a week rather than 5-7. By completing this you will gain a sense of achievement perhaps pushing you to up your goal.
Take it slow and change one behaviour at a time. Habit and behaviours develop over time therefore replacing unhealthy behaviours with healthy ones require time. Don't get overwhelmed and take on too much, you are setting yourself up for failure.
Talk about it. Explain to your circle just what you are aspiring to achieve. For example if your goal is to cut down on alcohol intakes explain to friends you may not be socialising in bars etc for a while but are happy to do other things.
Consider joining a support group to reach your goals. Sharing your struggles and successes can make your journey much easier.
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Perfection is unattainable. Sometimes things pop up and you may fall off the wagon, eat too much or miss the gym, always make self care a priority and remember moderation is key.
Seek support if you feel overwhelmed or unable to meet your goals on your own, consider seeking professional help. Counsellors are trained to understand the connection between the mind and body, can offer strategies on how to achieve your goals as well as explore your feelings and emotions that surround them.
Last but not least celebrate your strengths and achievements as you go you’re doing your best