Maintaining Your New Year’s Resolutions
Many of us enter the new year with great hopes and ambitions of positive changes we want to make in the new year. We often do well in January, regardless of the January blues, but it is common of many of us to run out of steam once February arrives.
To help yourself stay on track there are many things you can do.
We all like to believe that we will never eat that favorite fast food again, and that we will get up before midday on a weekend. But the reality of this is simply unattainable! It is far better to set achievable goals such as reduce your time in bed by 15 minutes per week until you reach your goal. this will make your new habit far easier to keep in the long run as your body has slowly adjusted to it.
Visualise your goals:
Write down what you want to achieve and why you want to do it. You can keep this copy handy, maybe next to your bed, so you are able to refer to it when times are tough, i.e. Saturday morning. It is hard to argue with your own logic, at the end of the day these are your goals for you and it is only you that can make them happen.
This is not a get out of jail free card to completely contradict your resolution. If your resolution is to get out of bed a little earlier and you have done so for a little while then you could, say, reward yourself with some new pillows. By doing this it is easier to remain positive by seeing how far you have come compared to the more negative view of how far you have left to go.
Studies suggest that it takes about 21 days to make a new habit, and at least six months for it to become part of your personality. this shows that you can’t expect to adapt to changes overnight but your perseverance will pay off in the end, we promise!
Falling off the wagon:
If you do find yourself slipping up you do not have to call it quits there and then, no one is perfect. though you need to recommit as soon as possible. Think of it a day at a time if you are struggling to adjust to your new way of life. Do not dwell over the slip ups simply put them behind you and move on.
If you follow these simple steps we can assure you that you are far more likely to succeed, we know it can be difficult but when you achieve your goal there really is no feeling like it!