Read this Before You Let Go of Your Dreams of Better Health
I’ve heard it said that people stay true to their New Year’s Resolutions for an average of three weeks. That means by now, you’re ready to forget all about yours.
Hold off on that for just a moment longer.
Here are some tips to help you stick to yours and stay on the road to vibrant health!
Why did you set that New Year’s resolution?
Remember why you made those resolutions in the first place. Why do you want to improve your health?
Keep that “why” in mind–it can help you when it is tempting to slip back to your old, unhealthy haits. Please don’t let go of your hopes and dreams to be healthier.
Don’t give up on yourself!
Be an Optimistic Realist (or a Realistic Optimist)
It is hard to make changes and stick with them, especially if you’re trying to change a lot at one time.
How many changes are you trying to make this year? 5, 10, or more?
I encourage you to assess where you are in your health and where you want to be. At the same time, I want you to know that optimal health is a long-term commitment. If your health is less than desired, how long has it been this way? If your health has been in decline for five years, is it realistic to think you can reverse that in five days, five weeks, or even five months?
Is it possible that you were overly optimistic about your results? Be gentle on yourself and remember that we are still in January. While it is great to be optimistic, it can be helpful to be realistic about how much better you’ll feel in a matter of just a few weeks.
Another great tip is to set complementary goals. For example, eating healthier, exercising, sleeping more, and reducing stress all complement each other. When you choose complementary goals, you’re more likely to stick with them and to succeed. But that doesn’t mean you have to attack all of them at one time! Try two goals, then build on your success over the course of the year.
No matter how you feel today, and whether you tackle two goals now, or twenty, I can guarantee that you will feel better in January 2019 than you do now if you stick with your new habits (aka New Year’s resolutions.) But if you don’t stick with any, you will be older, but no better off next year. So go ahead and cut back on the number of changes you are trying to make today to ensure your success!
So, commit, again, to your New Year’s Resolutions, even if you have to tweak them.
Still not sure you can keep up with your goals? Get support to fuel your fire! If you need a little help, make an appointment. I’d be happy to help you on the road to vibrant health.