5 Tips for Successful New Years Resolutions!
New year, new you…… Am I right?!
As the holiday season comes to an end, we reflect on what has happened in the last year. What did we accomplish? What worked? What didn’t? What would we change? And from this, we build a new set of new years resolutions in hopes that they will be more successful than the last. As part of our naturopathic training, we learn to help patients create SMART goals – specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound. This allows us to see success in what we are trying to accomplish. With that in mind, here are some tips to redefine common new years resolutions and help you start 2017 off with a bang!
1. Rather than join a gym, opt for living an active lifestyle:
Being active and exercising does not have to always involve the classic treadmill running and weight lifting at a fancy gym. Try new ways of incorporating 30 minutes exercise into your day (it does not have to be all at once!)
-Take the stairs at work
-Get off the subway or bus a few stops early and walk
-Do a quick at home workout such as the 7 minute workout (you can't tell me you don’t have 7 minutes!) See other at home workout options here
-Take a walk after dinner with your family or roommate. This not only helps you digest your food, but also increases spending time with others.
2. Become more confident with a daily mantra:
Confidence is intoxicating; and increasing your confidence can be helpful to you in many aspects of your life. My personal favourite way to increase confidence is through the use of mantras. Grab a post-it note and write a mantra that feels right to you, there is no wrong way to do this! For example, “I am confident, I am strong, I am beautiful”. Repeat this every morning when you wake up and learn to truly believe it.
3. Rather than stick to a new diet plan, opt for increasing fruits and vegetables:
Spend the new year learning healthy food alternatives and changing how you eat without having to be restrictive. Make healthy eating a lifestyle and not a fad. Increasing the good stuff is a great starting point. Have a look here at how you should portion your fruits and veg on your plate at each meal.
4. Increase happiness by doing one pleasurable activity per day
This one is more of an exercise. This concept in one that is taught in mindfulness based cognitive behavioural therapy. Our day is broken down into activities that add to our day and activities that take away from our day. For example, commuting to work can be a draining time, while walking into your house and being greeted by your pets could add a smile to your day. For a few days, track what you do with your day. Now, add in one activity, no matter how big or small, that you find pleasurable. Do this every day for a week and notice the change. Some examples could include: doing your favourite hobby, phoning a friend, cooking a meal, watching a funny clip on the internet, reading a book or listening to music.
5. Save money, take time for yourself and stay healthy all in one by taking advantage of your health insurance coverage:
Ok, this is your push to book that appointment! No one likes to waste free money and most health insurance coverage covers a wide spread of different practitioners. So book that massage, get a new pair of glasses, and or go see your naturopath!
And of course, if you don't believe in new years resolutions, simply vow to evolve instead of resolve ;)