The Christmas and New Year break is a time of reflection. We mark time and take stock of our achievements and our place in the world. We take a long hard look in the mirror and promise to be better versions of ourselves. A large study at the end of 2017 illustrated where we tended to focus last year.
A similar study by BUPA in 2015 indicated a similar profile but also went on to examine how long it took for people to give up on their resolutions.
According to their study 63% of people failed to maintain their new years’ resolutions and 66% of those people abandoned their resolutions within one month.
Is it a problem with the diligence and tenacity of people or is it a problem with the type of goals we choose and how we approach embedding new habits?
Sticking to Your Healthy New Year Resolutions with Breathe London
If you want to make positive changes in your life it’s worth considering why you wish to change. Ask yourself why and then ask yourself why again and again. If the answer starts coming back that you wish to fit in or be better than others or be more attractive then it might be that you are wishing for change to simply please others. When we embark on a programme of change motivated by extrinsic factors we are far more likely to fail.
Identify goals which make you feel more competent, independent and help you develop better relationships. These goals enable you to be more intrinsically motivated and far more likely to achieve them.
Our top five Breathe tips for embedding positive change;
- Exercise doing something you love and get a fitness buddy or personal trainer who shares your interests.
- Don’t diet ever – eat a balanced diet rich in fresh vegetables and fruit, cut out sugary drinks, reduce processed foods and reduce portion sizes for the rest of your life.
- Sleep – give yourself the opportunity to sleep for eight hours a night. Reduce the amount of bright light and online time in the evening.
- Keep your goals close to you – monitor them often and share them with others. Think about creating shared goal structures.
- Create milestones – as you nudge yourself towards your goals give yourself regular rewards as you reach each milestone.
The Breathe London team at Jubilee Hall Gym can help with your change programme. Therapies include addictions advice, counselling, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, acupuncture, nutrition advice and body assessments, sports massage, chiropractic care, physiotherapy, osteopathy, elite mental sports coaching and more.
Andy Roberts CEO Breathe London lectures in mindfulness at James Cook University in Australia. He has a masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology from UEL and runs leadership courses in Australia and the UK.
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