Thursday, 1 January 2015

How to keep your New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year!

I love this time of the year, even more than I do Christmas (shhhhh, don't tell anybody!). It always marks a fresh new beginning. It doesn't matter how bad the previous year has been, there is hope that the new one will be better. It is a time to reflect and count our blessings, to make resolutions and be the best version of ourselves that we can be. Resolutions can sometimes be hard to stick to, but they don't have to be. Here are some tricks to make yours more achievable.

1. Think about what you want to be, not what you're not.
Sometimes resolutions can feel like a burden or punishment. They remind us of all the things we are not and make us feel not good enough, giving up even before we have started. Try to think about what you enjoy, what you want to be.

This year I have written a list of things I would like to do in 2015, one of which is to be able to run 10k. I'm starting slow and have broken it into manageable mini goals. I'm aiming at running three times a week (I've done twice a week before, so I know it's achievable) to manage 5k in 6 weeks. Then I'll join Parkrun on Saturdays to get me motivated and meeting new people. 

2. Be SMART
That is specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound. Well, you may want to be a bit flexible and skip the time-bound... Or maybe that is what will motivate you more. We are all different after all, but focus on achievable and realistic. Remember that you don't have to be great to start but you have to start to be great. It doesn't matter if you've never run, there is always a first time!

3. Be gentle on yourself
Do you want to eat more healthily? That's fabulous, but don't beat yourself up if you don't drink green juices and eat kale every day. Remember that for it to be sustainable, it's better to start slow and build up so it doesn't feel too overwhelming. And if you have an indulging day, enjoy it, don't ruin it by feeling guilty about it!

4. Give yourself the luxury of time
This is to really think about what you would like what you remember next year for, to reflect on what makes you happy, what motivates you... Write a list, make a mind map,... Whatever works for you, but spend some time and you will find that they will be more meaningful and you will want to stick to them.

Good luck and may this be a healthy and happy year for you! X

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