It’s tempting to make tonnes of New Year’s resolutions. “New Year new me,” we think as we hear the midnight chimes and contemplate eating kale for the rest of days. “And while I’m at it, maybe I’ll take up the oboe”.
In our heart of hearts, we know all too well that life will probably get in the way. The stats show that 88% of people who make New Year’s resolutions fail, even at popular ones like losing weight and improving careers and finances. We are busy people who are often juggling with a disproportionate work/life balance, and simply don’t have time to go to the gym every day or take up niche musical instruments.
In a broad way, the thing that links all weird and wonderful New Year’s resolutions is the desire for self-improvement. Whether this is personal, emotional, physical or financial well-being, the point is to better yourself and become more content in your own life. So, it’s just as important to undertake all your new activities with the mindset of looking after yourself, as it is to push towards your targets. Example: if, 10 days in, you discover going to the gym 10 times a week isn’t for you, then find another route to the same fitness goal that makes you happier. There are always many ways of achieving the same single goal, and its usually about the process of getting there than the end result.
With that in mind, here are 5 things you can do to improve your health in all senses in 2018.
1. Recognise that perfection is not possible. We often dump our resolutions after a few weeks when they begin to feel hard. But if, after a slip, you can pick up where you left off, you still would have achieved a lot. 159 alcohol-free days is better than none at all!
2. Change happens when you have energy. As well as setting a resolution, think about how you will make more time and generate the energy you need to shift a stubborn habit.
3. Put time aside every morning to think about the day ahead. What plans do you need to put in place to make sure you can cope with triggers that may push you off plan? Just 5 minutes thinking about this will make a huge difference. Use our blog on things mindful people should do before 8am for inspiration.
4. Focus on switches that support your goal. Like finding a new alcohol-free tipple to replace your regular GnT, beer or wine. They can really ease the transition into a new behaviour.
5. Ask for what you need. Whether it is specific support from other people or getting your local to stock your favourite low or no alcohol tipple – don’t be afraid to say what you need. The worst anyone can say is no.
Don’t forget you can always use the Club Soda Facebook group for accountability or extra support if you need it.