Every year as January starts approaching we start coming up with New Year resolutions. Each year we say we will start doing this, or stop doing that. The New Year stands before us like a fresh chapter in a book. What we write in that chapter is entirely up to us.
Losing weight, eating healthy, stop smoking, consuming less alcohol, help others more and become a better person are some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. However, it is really sad that most people fail to achieve their goals. Most promises lose steam around mid- February and it’s back to business as usual. Research shows that only 8% of people make their New Year’s resolutions stick.
It’s hard to keep up the enthusiasm months after you set the goals, but it’s not impossible. One of the main reasons why people fall short of their goals is because they focus on the wrong things. Developing mental strength is the key to self- discipline, perseverance and courage. So whether your goals are to lose weight, relax more or to save more money, becoming mentally strong will help you succeed. These are some tips to help you complete your New Year Resolutions.
- Lose weight: The fact that it is one of the most popular resolutions gives the impression that it is difficult to commit to it. But the truth is that you can succeed if you don’t expect overnight success. You also have to be strong when you encounter a few bumps in the road. Always keep a food journal to keep track of what you eat. Having someone who is giving continuous support and help you get through those rough times is a big plus.
- Quit smoking: This is also a popular one. Have you tried and failed many times? If you discuss this with other ex-smokers you will realise that very often multiple attempts are often the path to success. Try different methods and see which one works best for you. It is one of the hardest habits to quit but if you think about the amount of money you will save it’s a good motivation.
- Save money: You will be surprised with the amount of money you can save by making healthy lifestyle changes. You can walk or take the bike instead of using your car or public transport, or else start carpooling. You can also start preparing a healthy lunch instead of buying it. Instead of going to the supermarket and try to remember what you need we suggest you make a grocery list.
- Reduce your stress: A little stress is good, in fact it gives us an energy boost. But if stress is something continuous in your life it can increase your risk of obesity, depression and heart disease. Stress is an inevitable part of life but relaxation, good sleep and vacations are good ways to beat the stress.
- Travel more: The benefits of travelling can last much longer after the holiday comes to an end. Very often we get stuck in routine but travelling allows us to make our life more exciting. It is another form of discovery and learning, it is great for the body and the soul.
I am sure that these tips will help you complete your New Year’s resolutions and become a healthier person.