We’re already a few weeks in January and the excitement from the initial days of the year have settled. New beginnings usually come with the excitement of new possibilities, and why should the new year be any different? Having said that, its easy to set goals when our motivation is at its peak but following through with them is a different ballgame altogether!
If you’re someone who started the new year with hopes of making this the best year yet, you’re not alone. And you’re definitely not alone if you now find yourself falling short of meeting your expectations. We get it, life gets in the way! That doesn’t mean you have to give up on your goals. If you’re still focused on making this year the most incredible one yet, full of health and happiness, we’ve got your back!
In this post we’ll share some nifty tips and tricks to help bring yourself back to your new year resolutions. Whether you need some gentle handholding or some serious re-evaluation of your goals, we’re here to help.
Let’s look at some of the ways we can do this.
Look at the big picture
What was your why when you decided on your resolution? This doesn’t have to be a complicated list of lofty ideals or your life purpose, but small manageable reasons that are currently driving you forward. A lot of people want to lose weight, be more active, sleep better or eat healthy. Maybe you have identified an area of your life that could especially benefit from improving your health, or you simply want to manage stress. The reason can be a lot of things.
If you started your resolution without much thinking, then this is the perfect time to re-evaluate where you are in your life, and what changes you’d like to create. Think about the different ways in which your life would be different if you were at your healthiest self! There’s more than one way to get excited about your goals again. This is a good opportunity to take stock of where you are and where you’d want to be.
Create mindset shifts
Health and wellbeing are a continuous process, and it never stops. There is no end to this journey and no destination either. Even athletes at peak performance need to maintain their fitness if they don’t want to regress. It’s the same with all of us. Its good to remind yourself that you’ll have good and bad days. One stumbling block doesn’t signal the end of your journey. They are just roadblocks, and some of them can be used to see if your approach is working. Try not to look at health in black and white or set impossible goals for yourself.
Know it’s OK to pivot and tweak your approach
So, you’re struggling with your resolutions. Great, now you know something is not working and can focus on modifying your approach! Isn’t that exciting? This in a way is an extension of the previous point. A fixed mindset will make you feel hopeless after a couple of roadblocks and give up on your goals. But that’s not necessary. Sometimes all we need is to shift our perspective and look at things differently, and before we know it, we’ve found what works! Sometimes we may have to repeat this process a few times over before we find something that sticks. But it’s not impossible, we promise!
Celebrate your small wins
Motivation is not set in stone. Its always in a state of ebb and flow, and that’s why on some days you feel like you’re on top of the world, and on another you don’t know where the excitement went. Its normal. Instead of setting huge goals, and feeling disappointed when you don’t do exactly as you had hoped for, why not celebrate small wins?
Setting small goals will not only make the process seem less overwhelming, but you also won’t be dejected if you fall off the wagon from time to time. If you had planned to go for a run but couldn’t, why not do some stretches instead? Couldn’t stick to your meal plan? Maybe a good option is to do some meal prep for the next few days. If you have small things to be grateful for, you’ll find motivation comes easier than you initially thought!
Find fun ways of staying healthy. What are some activities that you enjoy? It can be dancing in your pjs, going on a walk with your dog, or doing some cozy yoga in front of the fireplace. Making a list of fun things to do would make the process easier, as you won’t be fighting against yourself at every step. Once you’ve learned the best ways to bring back momentum and sustain it, the entire process will look much simpler.