Posted on January 03, 2020 by Josh Puttock

The start of a new year is the perfect time to turn a new page, start fresh and think about change. Perhaps more so this year with it being a new decade – 2020 WOW! But of course, resolutions are much easier to make than they are to keep.

Have you ever found yourself doing really well only to find that by the first week of February, you’ve abandoned them and settled back into old ways? If so, you’re not alone. We have. More than once!

By making your resolutions realistic, there is a greater chance you’ll be able to keep them going throughout the year. And with that in mind, we wanted to offer 5 simple tips you could employ when thinking about your own New Year’s Resolutions.

1. Start small

Make resolutions that you think you can keep. For example, your aim is to exercise a little more, schedule in 3 sessions a week instead of 7. This way, you’ll be able to maintain and add to it. Likewise, if you want to start eating a little healthier, set yourself a mini task of cooking from scratch.

2. Change one behaviour at a time

Don’t get overwhelmed and think that you have to reassess everything in your life. Instead, work toward changing one thing at a time. It’s a marathon not a sprint!

3. Talk about it

Share your goals and resolutions with friends and family. Not only will they be aware of what you’d like to achieve, but it will also keep you accountable. Having someone to share struggles and successes with makes the journey much less intimidating and lonely.

4. Don’t beat yourself up

Perfection is unattainable. Hiccups are all part of the process and are NORMAL. Don’t give up completely and don’t beat yourself up. Everyone has those days – resolve, recover and pick it up the next day.

5. Ask for support

Asking for and accepting help from those around you strengthens your resilience. If you feel overwhelmed, speak up. There is strength in numbers. Friends, family and professionals are able to offer strategies that might help you adjust your goals so they are more attainable.

By Amy Cousins – Health & Fitness Blogger