So, did you make any resolutions for 2021? If so, how are they going?
It’s a bit tricky with things the way they are at the moment and it would be totally understandable if you decided it’s way too hard this year.
I just wanted to share with you a few ideas to make ‘resolutions’ a little easier to stick to. I am not claiming these as my own and have to credit fitness legend Kathy Smith and social scientist and author of ‘Tiny Habits’ B J Fogg for helping me make changes in my life.
In my blog post about 2020 I mentioned that I started eating much more healthily and taking exercise seriously, two things that would usually be huge changes to make in the middle of a Pandemic! What made this work for me was a shift in my thinking. I wanted to be healthier to protect myself from illness and I wanted to be as healthy as I could be without giving everything up that I enjoyed in life. My mind-set shifted from the usual ‘you should really do this because you are putting on weight and that is bad’ to ‘I want to do this for myself because I am worth it.’
The thing that made my changes much easier was that I broke them down mentally and physically into small achievements and took one at a time. Instead of setting hard to achieve goals I set really small ones like ‘I will do 10 minutes of exercise today and not eat foods with sugar in.’ This was one day and guess what, I managed that and went on to set a goal for the next day and then the next. Sometimes when we tell ourselves we are giving up something and never having it again we sabotage ourselves as the goal is overwhelming. Instead, by making a daily intention it is much easier to stick to and there is less chance of us not achieving that goal.
A friend of mine is trying to give up smoking…again. This time instead of telling herself she must just stop she is smoking one less cigarette every day this week than she normally would and then one less the week after so she is not overwhelmed by the massive change to her addictive habit. So far it is going well for her as she is in control and some days she decides to have two less cigarettes instead and that is a bonus.
If you are trying to make a change by remembering to do something it is often helpful to link the thing you want to do to something you already do regularly. For example you keep forgetting to take those vitamin tablets you bought? Link taking the tablet with brushing your teeth in the morning. Have the tablets next to your toothbrush as a reminder and before you know it you have a new positive habit.
However you feel about resolutions or intentions this year, I hope this helps…
Right, I am off to eat a doughnut!