In anticipation of the new year, we’re dedicating this post to new year’s resolutions. Whether you’ve decided to get healthier or save some money for the trip of your dreams, one thing’s for sure: Sticking to a goal takes a lot of patience and hard work.
Many critics have said that new year’s resolutions simply don’t work. That’s because people lack commitment when they announce ‘declarations’ to make bold, sweeping changes in their lives. Critics argue that these resolutions lack a sense of meaning and personal relevance — which is the reason they quickly run out of steam. It’s no wonder then why statistics repeatedly show that up to 80% of new year’s resolutions fail.
If you’re committed to improving your health in 2020, here are some tips on how to make meaningful changes that’ll stick.
Break down big resolutions into tangible tasks
If you need some motivation, there’s no harm in using the new year as a ‘clean slate’ to get you going. Some of us need a specific moment in the calendar year that signifies fresh beginnings. This is when all the mistakes of the past are forgiven. If midnight on January 1st is that moment, by all means take advantage of it. The key though is what you do with your resolution in the weeks and months to come.
Break down broad resolutions into simple tasks that will garner tangible results -- no matter how incremental they may seem. For example, instead of making grand declarations that you’re going to stop eating meat, try incorporating just one vegetable into your lunch instead.
Always work in steps
Self-discipline is a skill that takes years, if not decades, to master. And even late into middle-age and seniorhood, many of us fail to get it right. It’s this lack of self-discipline that will often force people to abandon their resolutions.
If your intent is to simply exercise more, break up this lofty goal into incremental steps. Here’s an example:
- Week 1: Take a 15-minute walk around the office building each day during your lunch break
- Week 2: Incorporate a 30-minute walk after dinner, every other evening
- Week 3: Go to the gym for 1 hour every Saturday morning
- Week 4: Join a year-long fitness class that you enjoy and can attend regularly
The best thing about working in steps is that you’re maintaining healthier habits all year-round. The point is to keep the steps super simple to avoid feeling defeated and overwhelmed.
Maintain a positive approach
Setting resolutions in January comes with an optimism we don’t necessarily feel during the rest of the year. Take advantage of this momentum by maintaining a positive approach in the coming months. As the year goes on, talk about your resolutions and incremental successes in a celebratory tone. And remember, even if you slipped up yesterday — each morning is a fresh opportunity to be an even better person.
Seek help from the pros
Although it’s nice to lean on a trustworthy friend or relative, it’s helpful to get advice from the pros. As you work towards building commitment and change, you may feel the need for inspiration and guidance along the way. Whether you want tips on achieving more tangible results or just need help with menu planning, the right health practitioner can be very effective.
Physiomed teams include expert clinicians who can help with all aspects of your journey. From chiropractors to nutritional counsellors, our friendly team is here to help you stick to your new year’s goals. Sometimes, your resolution may not even be lifestyle-based. Perhaps you were in a car accident 3 months ago, and want to heal a specific part of your body. If so, Physiomed is still your trusted source. Our physiotherapists can help with rehabilitation — while providing the bigger picture on your overall health.
For more advice on reaching your health goals or to book an assessment, contact us here.