HOW DO I KEEP MY NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS?
We all know that resolutions can be incredibly hard to maintain, so here are ten tips to help keep the momentum of any New Year’s resolutions going.
1) 21 is the magic number! According to Psychologists, if you achieve something 21 times, then it becomes a deeper set habit and you are much more likely to stick to it. Whether that is 21 days without a cigarette, 21 visits to the gym or 21 days on your new diet. Mark each day off on your calendar so you can keep track of your progress.
2) Keep your eye on the goal- Create visual reminders of your goals and put them in places that you pass regularly. If you’re trying to save more money so you can buy a house, then put up pictures of your dream house. If you would like to lose weight so you can fit into your dream dress, put up pictures of that dress!
3) Set reasonable goals- If you set your goals too high, you are only setting yourself up to fail. It’s good to have ambition, but you are far better off having a wider plan and setting yourself smaller goals which ultimately lead to achieving your big goal in the future.
4) Practice self-control- The more you practice will-power, the stronger it becomes. Practice will-power in the small things such as not putting your alarm onto snooze or being strict with your bed time. This will lead to greater success in your other goals.
5) Focus on one thing at a time- If we make too many goals at once, we may become overwhelmed and give up completely. Choose your most desired change and work on that first.
6) Balance your blood sugars- When our blood sugar levels become low, we can lose our will-power. Our body goes into survival mode and exerts the stress response. This can lead to erratic decision making. We can balance our blood sugars by eating a mix of complex carbohydrates and protein every 2.5 hours. Some good snack ideas are; a boiled egg and cucumber sticks, carrot sticks and hummus, oat cakes and nut butter, a piece of fruit and a handful of nuts. Taking a chromium supplement may help to balance your blood sugar levels further.
7) Reward yourself for the little achievements- Treating yourself when you achieve your minor goals will help keep you motivated to achieve the bigger ones. You could treat yourself to a trip to the cinema or a nice relaxing bath after a week of success. Choose a treat that suits you! Try treating yourself to a bath with some magnesium flakes. This will help relax the muscles and also help you have an amazing sleep.
8) Plan ahead- This is something that is really important to success. If your goal is cutting out sugar, then plan your week’s food shopping ahead. If you want to go to the gym more, then make sure you schedule it in so you are less likely to make excuses to get out of it.
9) Find a support network- Whether it is joining a social media group with other people wishing to achieve the same goals, finding a local group or just talking to friends and family about what you which to achieve, having a support network is a great motivator. This can help by making you more accountable to your goals, whilst having access to support if you are struggling.
10) Don’t be too hard on yourself – two steps forward and one step back is better than taking no steps at all. It’s better to be waltzing than standing still! If you do have a setback, sit down, think about what why and look for a solution.