2016 has begun and resolutions are now in full swing. Don’t be surprised to find gyms extra crowded and lines at salad bars extra long. Give it a couple of weeks and things will go back to normal because most of these people would have given up on their resolutions. According to a study done by the University of Scranton in December 2015, only 8% of people are successful in achieving their resolutions. If this statistic hasn’t dampened your spirits then here are some tips that will give you a fighting chance where your resolutions are concerned.
This one comes as no surprise. While starting the year with a resolution to cut desserts out completely is good, it may be overly ambitious. Instead, try replacing unhealthy desserts with healthier ones that you enjoy (like fruit or yoghurt). According to psychologist Lynn Bufka, PhD. “It is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.”
A resolution is basically a goal and as far as those go, it is always advisable to be specific. Instead of resolving to “get in shape”, go a step further and make plans to hit the gym at least twice a week, for an hour each time. It may not seem like much now, but the satisfaction you will derive from keeping to your resolution will drive you. Tweak it as the year goes by to constantly challenge yourself.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Support
If your resolution involves making a major lifestyle change, like quitting smoking, you definitely want someone in your corner. It’s going to be extremely tough but talking to someone can help to alleviate some of the stress. Set aside that machismo and speak to your friends and family about your struggles. It will make the journey seem much less daunting.
One Change At A Time
Yes, like most of us, you may have more than one thing you’d like to change about your lifestyle but to avoid being overwhelmed we urge you to take it one at a time. Considering undesirable habits develop over time, breaking free from them will also require some time. Focus on one habit and ensure you are completely rid of it before moving on to the next one.
Pick Yourself Up and Dust Yourself Off
No one has a perfect journey on the road to betterment. Don’t beat yourself up for skipping a gym day because you were exhausted, or for having a slice of cake at a colleague’s birthday party. Instead, take a moment to assess these situations and figure out a way to overcome them in the future.