Ditch your New Year’s resolution this year!
Many surveys and studies online report that about 80% of resolutions will fail by mid-February. That means the likelihood that you will stick to your resolution is unlikely. However, if you want to lead a healthier lifestyle in the New Year – whether it be exercising more, eating more vegetables, sleeping better, practicing gratitude, or all of the above – follow these tips to build the sustainable healthy lifestyle that you desire.
Check-in with yourself.
Self-care is extremely important. If you’re overworked, overstressed, unhealthy, and not taking care of your needs, you are not going to be your best for your family, colleagues, and friends. Therefore, it’s important to regularly check-in with yourself to assess where you’re at in terms of your physical, emotional, and mental wellness.
Grab a piece of paper and think about each of the following areas of your life on a scale of 1-10. Write down why you feel that you are at this place.
- Physical Fitness
- Mental Health
- Stress Level
Find your “Why”.
Think about why you want to lead a healthier lifestyle? Perhaps your goal is to eat healthier to set a good example for your kids. Or your goal is to lose weight to feel more confident again after your divorce. Or you want to practice meditation to be more at peace with yourself and your daily decisions. Knowing your “why” is the key to success. Whenever you feel discouraged, you can re-gain momentum by going back to your why.
When it comes to a healthy lifestyle, think progress, not perfection.
The all or nothing mentality does not serve any of us well. Learn to be flexible with yourself, such as:
- If you missed your morning exercise class, go for a walk at lunch.
- If you only have 20 minutes to workout (but normally like to exercise for 60 minutes), find a 20-minute workout to do (there are many choices online).
- If you’re craving a burger, skip the fries and eat a salad with the burger.
- If you only have two minutes for mindfulness, practice deep breathing or record what you’re grateful for in that moment.
Consistency is key to long term success.
Whether you want to exercise more frequently, add more vegetables to your day, or start a meditation practice, the best route to take is to commit to adding small tweaks into your lifestyle that, if done consistently, will eventually become a habit. Once this habit is formed, add another tweak to your routine.
For example, if you’d like to eat more mindfully, choose one of these tips to help you get on a healthier track. Once it is mastered, move on to a new one.
- Track your food and drink intake in a journal or app such as MyFitnessPal.
- Eat more mindfully at the kitchen table without distractions, such as the television and social media.
- Improve your diet by eating at least 5 servings of non-starchy vegetables per day and fruit in moderation.
- The kitchen is closed after dinner. Go at least 12 hours between dinner and breakfast to allow your digestive system to rest.
- Drink 8 plus glasses of water a day and forgo sugary beverages.
Often, we’re more successful if we have to report to someone on our progress. Find an accountability partner – a spouse, partner, friend, online support group, or wellness coach – that you can check-in with and discuss your journey and help you to stay on track.