Posted on January 05, 2018 by Louisa Feary
“New Year, New You”
The words you will hear floating around at the beginning of every January as millions of people set their New Year Resolutions. This is a great time to make sure your year gets off to a positive start and carries on in the same trend.
An important reason why this is so key is that January can be a tough time for a lot of people; S.A.D kicks in as the days get shorter, ‘Blue Monday’ feelings are heightened, and there is a lull of fun activity after the party season. So, what better way to combat the negativity than with some positive, but more importantly, attainable goals.
Setting your resolutions too high and out of reach can lead to feelings of failure and a higher risk of giving up. Goals such as run 20km every day or lose a stone in a week are incredibly unachievable, especially combined with heading back to work.
A good way to approach your resolutions is to look at the big picture and then scale down on one aspect. So, if your goal is to run a marathon in the next few years but you aren’t an active runner, try aiming for running 2 days a week and then increasing this number as you start to get used to it. Then look to increase your distance and then increasing your speed. Small steps maybe, but all are achievable. If you see the benefits, the longevity of your resolutions will increase!
If your goal is to shift some excess party weight, then again it will be the little steps that make the difference. There is no point in going on a crash diet, detoxing or restricting yourself as this is likely to bring on a lack of energy and increase cravings. Instead look at preparing all your food yourself, planning ahead for the week and really looking into what you are eating. Try and balance your meals out with protein, carbohydrates and fresh colourful fruits and vegetables. Start your day off with a healthy filling breakfast, but be wary some ‘healthy’ cereals can be full of sugar, so look at making some fresh porridge or eggs.
If your goals aren’t fitness based then the same steps apply. If you want to be more charitable don’t set yourself an unattainably high fundraising target. Instead start by making donations to local charities or donating clothes you simply don’t wear any more and plan ahead for a larger fundraising drive with others. That way you will be doing even more than if you were to try and do it all alone at once. Think of fun events you can hold or a sporting race that you can train for and complete when you are ready.
Make all steps achievable and within reach and they won’t seem so scary.