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Okay, can we all admit how difficult setting massive goals in January can be? The weather is cold, the days are still short, and financial realities hit hard following Christmas holidays. Many people find it is hard to stick to their New Year’s resolutions a few weeks after setting them. And now that we’re here in February, some of those goals may have fallen short.
So, I am here to tell you to go gentle on yourself; massive change does not need to happen overnight.
Instead, you can incorporate small changes and set smaller goals to keep chipping away at those New Year’s resolutions. Consistent, small goals lead to big improvements. It is important to reflect and see just how far you have come from year to year; not just the first few weeks of January. The big picture is what matters, and as long as you are self-aware and set the best intentions, you are capable of great changes.
One of the hardest things we say to ourselves is, “I can’t eat that”. Spoiler alert; we are all adults and can eat whatever we want, if we chose to! There is a mental-emotional aspect that comes into play when we continuously tell ourselves that we “cannot have something”. When we put restrictions on things it can become emotionally taxing, so much so that it might be detrimental to our goals and we may end up indulging more than if there were no restrictions at all! So instead I say, add something in every day. Mindfully adding healthy options is less restrictive and will make a bigger difference in the long run. Below are some examples that you may be able to try for yourself.
Reward yourself with something new. By this I mean, when you accomplish a smaller goal like adding more water into your routine or introducing new fiber-rich foods, complement these achievements with something fun and healthy.
It is so important to self-reflect daily. Being mindful and giving yourself as little as 10 minutes a day will impact your health habits tremendously! I know we all know this, but how do we implement it?
Remember to reflect on how far you have come! The bigger picture is what counts. Incorporating small, healthy, new habits into your daily routine will add up to amazing overall benefits. Be patient; you have come a long way already!
Be Happy, Be healthy!
Amy is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist with over 7 years of experience working in the health and fitness industry. She is currently in her third year as a Naturopathic Medical Student and has a special interest in gut and brain health.
Find her on Instagram: @amy_kwilson
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