Don’t do it!
If you haven’t already, don’t do it! Don’t make a New Year’s Resolution. Why not?
Because it’s entirely the wrong time of year to do it, that’s why not.
Let’s face it, most people will resolve to:
So what’s wrong with that I hear you ask? Shouldn’t I be trying to improve my health? Yes, absolutely, but leave the main event until later in the year. Here’s why:
Let’s start with losing weight.
Did you get lots of chocolates at Christmas or buy in extra biscuits and sweets? Chances are you’ve still got some lurking in the cupboard, calling to you to finish them up. So what’s going to happen to them? Either you’ll resist them for a couple of weeks then check the use by dates and decide you’d better eat them before it’s too late, or they’ll beckon to you when you’re only a couple of days into your diet. Then before you know where you are you’ll have succumbed and the diet’s gone for a burton (who was Burton?)
So the Christmas break is over, you’re back to work with all the associated stresses and you could really do with a cigarette to help you through the day. Just one – or maybe two, or three, or ten?
Got the new workout gear for Christmas? Only trouble is it’s dark, cold, possibly raining and you don’t feel like going out for a run or leaving your cosy living room to head for the gym, having just got in from work or sorted out the kids’ tea. Or maybe you’ve succumbed to the lurgy that’s doing the rounds?
So what should you do instead of a New Year Resolution?
First off, put the big deal Resolutions to bed until about March when the days are getting longer, hopefully it’s a bit warmer and you can see signs of Spring arriving with bulbs shooting up and birds singing their hearts out.
This is the time of year when your energy is rising as is the sap, so it’s the perfect time to start something new.
Second, give yourself permission not to have a New Year’s Resolution and don’t feel guilty about it just because lots of other people have made them. Be a rebel!
Third, work out some small improvements you can make such as eating an extra portion of veg. a day, having one less cigarette, going up and down stairs four times just for the hell of it.
Here’s the really important thing – do them and make a big deal out of it. Jump up and down with joy when you’ve eaten that extra veg or smoked less ciggies or worn a bit off the stair carpet. Pat yourself on the back (literally if you can), shout ‘Whoop, Whoop’, do a jig.
Anything to celebrate.
This might seem overkill but it’s making your brain send the right messages about the positive changes you’ve made, which is more likely to encourage you to add another small challenge. Before you know it you’ll be looking forward to making those changes and by the time you get to March you may not even have to stage the main event as you’ll already have been making all those changes and seeing results.
So 4 steps to a new you:
Put the big Resolution on hold
Give yourself permission to ignore it for a while
Decide on a small change and do it