The new year of you!

By Megan Hall. It’s mid-January and maybe you’ve already given up on your New Year’s resolutions? Don’t worry we’ve all been there… Like many other people, I always set myself new year’s resolutions and normally I fail (like many other people). However, I have discovered some tips, that actually work, to help you actually achieve your goals this year! Start small This may seem counter-active but trust me, in the long term this method works best. If you set one massive goal to achieve this can be difficult to stick too and your resolutions are probably going to fail. Instead set an overall year goal but small sets to start with. For example, if your goal is to be healthier, this is a very vague resolution – there are many aspects of your life which you can change to be healthier. Start by setting smaller goals if you want to have a healthier diet, why not start by eating more fruit and veg, or if you want to be fitter, aim to do a home workout three times a week. Then once you’ve achieved these smaller goals you can reassess and set your next goals which will bring you closer to your overall New Year’s resolution of being healthier! The same can be applied to any New Year’s resolution – aim big but start small! Review every 3 months As mentioned above it’s best to start small with your New Year resolutions but to ensure you achieve your big goal it’s important to review and reassess. Also, the goals you set in January are going to be different to ones you might set in August – as we have learned from 2020 a lot can change in a year! I have started reviewing my new year resolutions every 3 months which I have found useful to make sure I achieve my goals. I write the date in my calendar to make sure I remember to do this and then I edit or adjust my goals if needed. If I am struggling to achieve one of my goals, I would adjust it to make it easier or look at why I’m not achieving it and assess if I can change anything to achieve this! You can review your resolutions weekly, monthly or every 6 months, depending on your lifestyle – the most important thing is that you review them throughout the year! Write them down To help you take your Resolutions seem more seriously, write them down! Once they are written down, they will change from thoughts to aims and aspirations which will hopefully motivate you to achieve them! You can make them into a pretty list, jot them down on scrap paper or type them up – whichever you prefer. The important thing is that you have a written or visual copy of them. Also having a written version of your resolutions will help with reviewing them and tracking your progress. Be persistent and be determined So now you’ve set your resolutions and written them down, it’s important to follow them! The main thing is to be resilient – there will be times that you don’t achieve your resolutions straight away. Especially with lockdowns, tiers and restrictions carrying on into the New Year, there may be obstacles in the way that you cannot avoid at times but don’t let this stop you – maybe pause your resolutions but as soon as you can, start following them again. If you need to set even smaller goals for lockdown times and re-start when you can. The main thing is – don’t give up! Be kind to yourself Lastly, it’s important to be kind to yourself with your resolutions! Resolutions should be things to make you feel better or things you want to improve on, but they don’t need to be a complete personality change for you. You’re doing great as you are! Use your resolutions to have a positive impact on yourself. Also, if you are finding any of your resolutions tough to stick to, that’s okay! It’s not easy to make changes, take some time to reflect and potentially adjust your goals so they are more achievable. Hopefully these top tips will help you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions in 2021! Happy 2021!!

The new year of you!