New Year's Resolutions and how to keep them!
As we approach the end of 2018, now is a great time to reflect back over the year and decide our goals for 2019. What do we want to achieve in 2019? How can we improve ourselves for the coming year? Whether your New Year’s resolution is to take up a new activity or to become healthier, willpower is usually the key to making it last! Although many of us make a New Year’s resolution, only 8% of us stick with them for the whole year! Statistics show that most resolutions are given up before the end of February. If you want to stop the cycle of resolving to make a change and then not following it through, check out these tips to help you make your resolution last:
1. Be realistic
Make sure your goal is achievable. For example, deciding to never eat your favourite food again is sure enough setting you up for failure. A more realistic goal would be to reduce how much you eat your favourite food rather than giving it up all together.
2. Be organised
Start thinking about your goals for 2019 now. If you wait until the last minute, your goals will be based on your mind-set on that particular day.
3. Write it down
It’s thought that if you write down your goals, you’re much more likely to follow through with them than just thinking about them.
4. Tell your friends and family
Tell your friends and family what your New Year’s resolutions are so that they can support you through the year. It’s even better if you have a friend or family member with the same goal, so you can motivate and support each other.
5. Reward yourself
If your goals are to eat better, you shouldn’t reward yourself by eating an entire box of chocolates. Instead, treat yourself to something that you enjoy that isn’t going to affect your resolution for example, buy yourself some new clothes or go to the cinema.
6. Keep a journal
Keep a diary to log your progress throughout the year. If your goal is to lose a stone or two, break it down into smaller goals such as focusing on the losing five pounds first. Log each of your small successes to keep you motivated and don’t forget to reward yourself when you achieve them.
7. Don’t beat yourself up
If you have a bad day and you have the occasional slip, don’t worry about it. Just resume working towards your goal tomorrow. Take one day at a time.
8. Perseverance and willpower!
The most important aspect for any resolution! It’s thought that it takes around a month or so for a new activity to become a habit and six months to make it a part of your personality. New Year’s resolutions will not happen overnight so be patient and persevere and your hard work will pay off!