‘Tweaking’ Those New Year's Resolutions!
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.
Here are a few ways you can continue to incorporate small changes in your life that lead to big outcomes (and maybe hitting some of those New Year's Resolutions):
Do not subtract, but add.
- Add an extra cup of water each day for a week. Hydration is key for good health.
- Try a new fruit or vegetable from the grocery store weekly. Introducing variety in your diet strengthens your gut flora and in turn will benefit your overall heath!
- Add in a walking date with a friend each week. I know it’s cold outside, but you can always bundle up, or find a recreation center, rink, or mall that you can briskly walk around if outdoors is too cold. This isn't just a great way to add in some moderate exercise. Visits with friends are great for our well-being.
2. Try something new.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.
- Try a drop-in at a new workout/yoga studio in town. Many of the times 1st visits are free!
- Go to your local health food store and pick up a fun face mask, some charcoal to brighten your smile, or that face lotion you’ve been dying to try.
- Make that healthy recipe you’ve had on your to-do list for some time now and ENJOY!
3. Self-reflection and mindfulness.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?
- Power down! Take 10 minutes to turn off electronics and be ‘unavailable’. Use these 10 minutes to sit still and relax, take deep breaths, and STRETCH! Any of the above will calm down the nervous system, allowing for more clear and focused intentions for the rest of the day.
- Be in the moment, every moment. Try and do a ‘body scan’ in order to recognize how you are feeling. This can help to tell you if you are in the right place at the right time or if you need to make an adjustment to make yourself more comfortable. Try and check in once and awhile and ask yourself: is this where I need to be right now?