New Years Resolutions! Urgh, why do those 3 little words make us feel so down in the dumps?! Every year we make lists of things we want to achieve and then we just fail at trying! It makes the whole of January even more miserable than it should be! We have just enjoyed a fun filled build-up to Christmas with lots of magic, Christmas songs, pretty lights everywhere, presents to give, yummy food and overly happy people bouncing around all over the place; and then BOOM we get hurled smack bang wallop into the new year; facing once again the reality of every day life, the dullness of a normal Monday morning, feeling a lot heavier now from all the Christmas overindulgence and lots of excessive gloomy New Year’s Resolutions to stick to. No wonder we all get so miserable and unhappy in January!
We want you to be happy though at the start of this upcoming new year, so we are going to help you create more achievable resolutions that you WILL stick to and even look forward to completing.
Number 1 is key…
MAKE IT SMALL!!! If you go too big and extravagant, that will make it impossible to stick to. The problem we have with giving something up, or starting something new is the build-up of using the New Year as an excuse to carry on doing or not doing whatever it is we want to change for a few more months! We are clinging on because actually we don’t really want to change it right now. So, let’s take baby steps. If it’s wanting to give something up, cut down slowly month by month, or if it’s something you want to add into your lifestyle then increase it slowly month by month.
Come up with something realistic! Here’s an example: You have eaten an entire house full of chocolates, sausage rolls and mince pies over the last 4 weeks and you must lose at least 5 stone in weight. You decide you will stop eating for the whole of January and hope by 1st February you are super skinny and very healthy! WRONG! If you did that, you would not make it to the 1st February, but also you just couldn’t do it, it would be impossible. So you have failed, right at the beginning and you feel really disappointed in yourself and get the January blues. This is obviously an extreme example, but you catch our drift, right? Keep it nice and simple.
DO NOT base your resolutions on how you feel after Christmas! Again, my previous example would do well at this point too. Have a real good think about what it is you want to achieve here. If it is 5 stone you want to lose, make your resolution to eat healthier and cut some calories, do a 10-20 min walk every day and exercise at least 3 times a week. There, that’s not hard and you can start this way and increase it a little month by month and you will eventually achieve your overall goal of living a healthier lifestyle and losing unwanted weight.
Make a small list of what you would like to achieve by the end of 2020, not by the end of January. If there are a few things but they seem quite big, list the little things you can do each month to get to that main goal! Make the little steps and the rest will follow!
Talk about your resolutions! Share your ideas! Get people involved and once everyone you know understands about your aspirations, it’s very hard not to stick to it! You can always deny the promise you made to yourself, but it’s not so easy to deny the promise you made to yourself through others!
Lastly, Number 6!
Ask for support. Once you have shared your realistic goals all over your Facebook page, ask them for support. Not everyone’s goals are the same and some can be very tough, even with little steps included. Support from friends and family can make that tiniest bit of self-doubt disappear and get you back on track.
Good Luck and let us know if you have any more points to add. We’d love to hear from you in the comments below! We hope you’ve all had a very jolly Christmas and we hope you have a fantastic New Year and stick to those newly thought out resolutions!