It’s that time of year when people start thinking about making some healthy changes. In fact, more people strive to improve their health on January 1st than at any other time of the year. That probably has a lot to do with the symbolism…you know, a new year and a whole new you.
I’m a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, although I would argue that any time is good for making healthy changes. If you think you might want to give it a shot there are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Make your resolutions small and achievable. It’s great to have a big long-term goal such as losing 50 pounds. However, something that big may seem too far away and may set you up for failure. Instead aim for easier, short-term goals that ultimately lead to the big one. In this example you could start by trying to lose 5 pounds. As you achieve this smaller goal you can then slowly increase it until you eventually reach the magical 50 pound marker.
- Make your resolutions specific and measurable. It’s great to say you want to be healthier in the New Year but what specifically does that mean to you? Perhaps you want to increase the number of servings of vegetables you eat per day. Not only is that goal specific but it can also be measured so you know if you’re successful.
- Don’t beat yourself up when you slack on your goals. Heh, we’re all human and there will be times when you just don’t feel motivated. Instead, accept your slip-ups as normal and then get yourself back on track. Rome was not built in a day and that healthy new you won’t happen overnight either. Relax, you’ll get there!
- Reward yourself for each small achievement. If you eat your veggies all week long then on Sunday perhaps you can reward yourself with a few squares of rich, dark chocolate. Make the rewards things you enjoy!
Above all else, have fun with your New Year’s resolutions. My goal in 2015 is to decrease my stress. To do that I’m heading back to childhood and will be doing many things that I loved as a kid such as coloring, playing my flute, reading, etc. Just thinking about the possibilities is making me giggle.
I wish you a fun and Happy New Year!!