It’s that time of year when you might be feeling the pressure to make resolutions – what you’ll eliminate or add to your life in 2024.
Whoever thought it was a good idea to create these NY resolutions after a whole month of celebrations was either very cruel or very clever. Following what for many is a month of overindulgence, resolutions may help you feel that there is a way to ‘redeem’ yourself but for some, overdoing things in December will make it even harder to make better choices come January.
So in order to maximise your chances of sticking to any new habit you might want to take up, here are some simple steps you might want to follow to help you ensure success:
How to make your resolutions work:
- Take stock of 2023: how is your health, energy, sleep, gut, immunity, etc. is anything getting worse/better? Which area or one habit is holding you back the most right now?
- Find your ‘why’: Why do you want one particular condition to improve or habit to go? What is it preventing you from doing right now? Why is it important to change (for you and others)? What’s likely to happen this year if you don’t?
- Are there any positive benefits to having this condition or habit? Does that ‘benefit’ make you feel strong/weak?
- Decide: how do I want to feel in 2024 – stronger or weaker? More joyful? More positive?
- What one habit will definitely help this happen? (Make sure to only pick one)
- Be realistic – don’t try and change more than one thing and keep it simple – for instance you could do worse than focusing on being well hydrated this year (sipping about 2L of room temperature water through the day).
- Get started! Set a day to get going when nothing can come between you and that start date. Put it in your diary.
- Keep it to yourself. You don’t need to feel a ‘failure’ in others’ eyes if you don’t manage what you set out to do.
- Give yourself a deadline and take stock of how well you’ve done when you’ve reached that time.
- Reward yourself with something that gives you joy – but not food/drink related! Pamper yourself, treat yourself with something that will nourish your soul.
You could also call this ‘setting a goal’ – rather than a resolution – which might take away the expectation that you or those around you might have that ‘noone’ sticks to resolutions.
May 2024 be your healthiest year yet!