As we welcome in the New Year, most of us are optimistic about the year ahead. It is a time for new beginnings and a great time for making positive changes in life. We frequently see a lot of our clients at chiropractic 4 wellness make resolutions relating to their health, sometimes in response to overindulging during the festive season.
Many people make New Year’s resolutions, but it seems that few follow through to achieve their goals due to simple mistakes. Most commonly, we see people attempting to change too many things at once or attempting to make drastic lifestyle improvements without the proper planning. It is far easier, and more effective in the long term to make a series of smaller changes and maintain them over a long period.
A popular New Year’s resolution has and always will be, to improve diet. Rather than trying to alter your entire diet at once, make smaller more realistic changes, slowly. For instance, reduce your sugar intake, eat a few more bits of fruit and vegies and switch to wholegrain bread. Little improvements each day can make a massive difference in the long term. If you really want to achieve your New Year’s resolutions this year, write them down in detail with your reasons and keep them in a place you see often. Over the next few weeks and months, refer back to your list to see if you are on track.
Another hurdle with New Year’s resolutions is not clearly defining what you really want to achieve. Goals such as ‘getting fit’ and ‘losing weight’ are vague, lack detail and can be huge goals to achieve. Ambitions like these certainly need to be tackled over a period of time. Instead, try breaking them down into smaller goals and getting specific about what you want. For example, plan your schedule to walk three times a week for an hour. Rather than ‘I want to lose weight’, try ‘I will lose five kilos in the next eight weeks by eating whole foods, less sugar and exercising 4-5 times a week’.
A lot of us make New Year’s resolutions just because it seems like a good starting point. This is a great time to make positive changes in our lives, but we are not likely to succeed if we don’t have a real reason to make change.; Determining why you want to make these changes, and the motivation to do so is an important part of setting your resolutions for the year ahead. The more specific your New Year’s resolutions are, the more likely you will be to achieve the outcome you really want.