New Years is a time to spend with friends and family, having a couple of drinks (alcoholic or non, no one is judging here) and watching that surprisingly tiny ball drop in Times Square. Yay for all that!
The other thing that people always do during the new year is evaluate themselves and make resolutions.
'I'm too fat...I will lose 100 pounds.'
'I eat so unhealthy....I will only eat salads for the whole year.'
'I am unhappy...I will be more happy.'
Newsflash. This doesn't work.
Just because it's a new year, doesn't automatically make you a new you, but seriously wouldn't that be cool!? Only YOU know what will work for you; only YOU know your strengths and weaknesses. Only YOU will be disappointed if you don't stick to your resolution.
Here's an idea: let's rethink this whole 'resolution' thing. Here's how.
Stick to small GOALS that are manageable for you to accomplish. Think 'lose five pounds' instead of 'lose 50 pounds'. It's more attainable because it's a smaller number. Then have a plan for what to do next after you reach your first goal. Example: Lose five pounds. Then lose five more.
Choose something that you know you will stick to, and encourage others with like goals to join you. This will help you stay accountable, and who doesn't like being with friends!? When you're down, someone will be there for you to keep you on track, and you can do the same for them (cause you're a good friend, duh). Help and encourage each other to reach your goals together. You don't have to have the SAME goals, just a similar mindset.
Challenge yourself to try something new to nourish your mental health. This can be anything from learning a new language (there are tons of fun apps for this, it's really not that intimidating!) to trying a new hobby (think cooking, crafting, painting, exercise, reading, geocaching). Take some time for you!! The key to this is not trying to do it all at once. Try cooking a new recipe couple times a week for a month. Does it make you happy? Did you learn anything new? Does it make you feel fulfilled? If the answer is no, then don't worry! You tried something new and found it wasn't for you. Well done! Just because you didn't find it fulfilling doesn't mean that you have failed. Now try something else you are interested in. You never know what might stick and become your new temporary (or even lifetime) love!
Finally, get organised. Maybe you rely on the computer or maybe you're an old fashioned notebook and pen person (I'm a bit of both), but you can't reach your goals if you don't know what they are. Write them down somewhere you can see them, like, all the time. One of my friends makes a 'visual board' with all her goals, and then crosses them off once they're accomplished. I LOVE this and might make one for myself! It's the perfect way to see what you want to do in 2015 and is so encouraging when you get to cross off something you have accomplished!! If this isn't your style, no worries, make a list, set a reminder on your phone, have a friend check up on you, start a Facebook group for it, just find something that works for you! Be sure to hang it somewhere that gets a lot of traffic, whether it's in your house/apartment or office. You want it to be a reminder of the things you want and to inspire you to action, not shoved under your bed.
Don't be one of those people who looks back and realizes that they haven't accomplished what they wanted to-no excuses!!! This is the first day of the new year, and you can make it anything you want to! Set your goals, and accomplish them!
What are your goals for the new year, and how are you going to hold yourself accountable!?
Hopefully this inspires you to get off your bum and do something, even if it's just making a list. :)
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