We might be seeing light at the end of the tunnel with a new vaccine, but the pandemic is still far from over for most of us. Even though last year was a “unique year,” you may have formed new good habits—and bad ones too. It’s all good because we are still in a pandemic and we are in this together! Here we are in February of the new year. It’s said that 94% of people keep their new year’s resolutions for only one month.
Here are a few tips to keep your New Year’s Resolutions if you’ve stopped keeping them but would like to start again.
- Set small goals. Start by getting in the habit of being realistic with your goals. Set small, realistic goals (there’s still time) towards your BIG goal. For example, if you want to exercise more, start by exercising for 20 mins, 3-4 per week for the first week, and increase the time/frequency as your time and capacity allows. If it’s eating healthy, start by making small changes to your diet, like eating smaller carb portions and more vegetables. Over the long run, you may find that you crave healthier foods.
- Find your motivation. What gets you going? Is it a new pair of running shoes? A playlist? For me its results, a new pair of running shoes and an audiobook. Honestly, audiobooks are the best! I decided I would listen to my book whenever I went out for a run or worked out. And guess what? It kept me wanting to go out for runs to finish it.
- Be consistent. I know this one might sound cliché, but this is the key to achieving goals successfully. I like this quote by Michael George, a fitness expert, personal health coach, speaker, and author. “Eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle has to be like brushing your teeth in the morning—you don’t think about it. It’s just what you do.”
- Schedule time for you. Start by getting your family or partner on board, then put the time on your calendar.
When we are healthy—mentally, physically, and spiritually—we are able to be better wives, mothers, and friends. Put yourself first and work towards your BIG Goals! You can do it. Share ways you’re keeping your New Year’s Resolutions in the comments below. 💪