Why do we rarely keep to new year’s resolutions or achieve the goals we wrote down on December 31st? Often, it’s because we aim a little too high. Will you really be able to stick to a daily gym routine if you haven’t been exercising for the past decade? The key to getting it right taking small, realistic steps on your path towards your ideals.
Chances are your new year’s resolutions centre around looking and feeling better. Success in these areas can benefit so many aspects of our lives, enhancing them through greater confidence, higher energy and a positive outlook. Here are five simple adjustments to your life that will have powerful ripple effects:
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Investing in your appearance doesn’t have to be about vanity. When you feel positive about yourself and know you make a fantastic first impression, you’ll feel more confident in all aspects of your life and could motivate better self- care in general.
For many people, a heavy professional workload becomes the reason they can’t keep to their goals. So, why not make your work the department in which you bring about change?
Swap your workspace for a standing desk, and you open the door to:
- Less fatigue
- Better heart rate and sugar levels
- Enhanced mood
- Greater productivity
Yes, it may take a while to get used to, but there’s a general consensus that these desks are worth trying out.
Multi-Task During Lunch
More exercise features on most people’s wish lists. However, with an already packed schedule, what are the realistic chances you’ll magically find the time to add hours of gym sessions to your day? An alternative: Turn lunchtime into walk time. You can still enjoy a light lunch while you visit a park, walk around your building or even go up a few flights of stairs. Feeling healthier after a while may inspire more intense workouts. Gradual progress is the key to success.
Audit Your Menu
Do you see what we did there? We’re not telling you to go on a diet. That thought probably puts you off anyway, so keeping to the resolution might be tricky. However, small adjustments to your menu can make more impact than you think and it doesn’t have to disrupt your lifestyle:
- Drink less sugar in your coffee or tea
- Say no to bread while you still enjoy other parts of your meals
- Cook at home rather than eating out to limit your oil and fat intake
- Drink more water: Replacing sugary beverages with water will quickly impact your body
Another positive habit to keep is going to bed a little earlier. It seems too simple a solution, but this is an excellent new year’s resolution as sleep can:
- Strengthen your heart
- Help fight inflammation
- Counter depression
- Lead to more creativity when you’re awake
Introducing one or all of these changes to your life will have an effect in the long term. If you know you easily get overwhelmed, try adding them one at a time. Still scared you’ll look back on failed attempts on December 31, 2019? Then get yourself an accountability partner who try out these tactics with you. This year CAN be the time you get it right.