It can be overwhelming to try to change according to New Year’s resolutions.
Maybe you say you want to exercise more, eat healthier, or get better sleep.
Perhaps your resolution is “to get healthy. We start a brand new, exciting weight loss journey and we want to do everything right!
You know, eating healthy, lots of exercise and of course getting rid of all the old habits that got you into trouble in the first place.
Often it starts out well for a couple of weeks or months but soon enough we find ourselves in an old habit, again. It feels frustrating and discouraging, doesn’t it?
But how do you change?
We make small changes daily to become the person we want to be. Some might call this good practicing habits or creating a lifestyle change.
You can start by adding one or two simple things to your daily routine.
This will help rewire your brain for positivity and happiness, but it will also increase your well-being.
Here are some tips to help create lifestyle changes that will lead you down the path to success:
* Start early in the day.
If you wake up and go straight into checking e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter, this is not an excellent way to begin your morning.
Take 10 minutes to do something that helps you clear your mind. Meditate, journal, or practice deep breathing exercises. – It is essential to dedicate 10 minutes of your morning to meditation, journaling, or breathing exercises.
Whether it’s with water, tea, lemonade, or an herbal infusion, there are many ways to stay hydrated throughout the day.
You might feel more energized and focused when you drink plenty of fluids!
Drinking plenty of water each day is vital for your overall health and will also increase productivity and positivity.
* Eat a healthy breakfast.
Learning to eat mindfully is essential. What you eat in the morning sets your day’s tone. A complete, balanced meal can help you feel nourished and ready for a productive day!
* Surround yourself with positive people.
Negativity should not affect your life as much as it does now.
Avoid complainers and people who constantly put you down.
A negative attitude affects how you see the world, so surround yourself with people who will support your growth!
* Avoid distractions when participating in an activity.
This can be anything from studying at the library to working out at home, but constant distractions are everywhere.
Turn off your phone or silence notifications on your computer.
Doing the task at hand to the best of your ability will help you create good training, studying, or working habits that pay off in a big way!
Good health is necessary for finding happiness and success in life.
* Put yourself first.
If you’re not getting enough sleep or exercise, it’s time to make some changes.
All of these are great ideas, but the critical thing is to focus on making one change at a time. If you’ve never exercised, start with five minutes of walking per day.
If you’ve never eaten fruit (or vegetables), try to add one thing each week.
This way, it doesn’t feel like an all-or-nothing campaign where you either “win” or “fail.”
Take a break if you’re finding the whole change process overwhelming and exhausting. Just let go of your old habits. Breathe, and take care of yourself first.
The important thing is that you take care of yourself on your terms. Try new things but don’t feel bad for trying something else when you’re in the mood.
There are no rules that say you must stick with just one resolution.
You can let old habits go in favor of new ones and then pick up your old habits again in a few weeks if you want to. It’s really about what works best for you at that moment.
We make New Year’s resolutions because we want to improve our lives and become better, more muscular people.
But there is no need to beat yourself up for not sticking 100% to your goals — if you miss one day of exercising, it doesn’t mean that all the hard work and dedication is now “for nothing.”
If you’re trying and working towards making yourself a better, happier person, that is the main thing.
The rest is just details and numbers: how many times this week, how much water you drank today.
Keeping track of your progress can be helpful for some people, but others might find it way too obsessive-compulsive.
It’s also important to let go of numbers and judgment because sometimes it’s just about taking care of yourself.
You are enough. You are worth it.
So be kind to yourself, let go of old habits, and start the year with a new decision: doing things for yourself. Your body will thank you for it later.