It’s that time of year where many people make resolutions for the new year. This may be joining a gym, eating better, losing weight, start meditating, doing yoga, or giving up smoking.
While New Years’ resolutions sound like an amazing idea, why is it that we find it so hard to stick to them? Is that they are too hard to achieve or is it that these resolutions don’t really align with our core values?
Humans are amazing creatures, we are constantly evolving and changing. Sometimes the best thing we can do is to let go of things that no longer serve us….’Marie Kondo’ your habits and choices – if they no longer bring you joy, then get rid of them. Sometimes I think we struggle with this concept because many of us define who we are by the habits we have.
Have you ever noticed that when we truly make up our mind to make a change nothing can stop us? Maybe we need to start the new year by identifying what our core values are, which will allow us to set goals and then break them down into achievable steps.
Things to consider when setting goals:
- Does this align with my values?
- Will this improve my life?
- Is this achievable? For example: There is no point starting an eating plan with loads of legumes if you they make you sick or joining a gym challenge that requires a 5-hour commitment per week if you only have 3 hours available.
- Will this bring me joy?
- What will my life look like if I do this? What will my life look like if I don’t do this?
- A contingency plan (guilt and shame free please!) if I start and don’t feel this is working in my best interest?
Considering these things allows us to make sustainable changes to our habits and lifestyle that fully align with our values. Remember there are loads of amazing resources out there to help you on your journey, after all, why reinvent the wheel?
Have a chat with your chiropractor or health practitioner if you need some help.
If you want a totally holistic (eat, move, think) reset, then consider the Wellness and Prevention 90 day lifestyle plan. If this seems too overwhelming then have a look at your Lifestyle Health Risk Assessment and start with something simple like drinking more water, eating more greens, or thinking of 3 things you are grateful for at the start and end of every day.
Whatever it is that you have resolved to do this year, be kind to yourself. Realise we are all on a journey toward health and self-discovery. Treat yourself with compassion and kindness, leave the guilt and shame at the door and watch for all the wonderful things that can happen.