After weeks of rushing around in the run up to Christmas making sure everything is prepared, the New Year is the perfect opportunity to focus on yourself.
Part of that may be making a New Year’s Resolution or two or just taking the time to think about your health, and some changes you might want to try to make this year your healthiest yet.
At LloydsPharmacy we want to help you make positive steps towards your health and lifestyle goals this year, that’s why we’ve pulled together our top 10 tips for helping you make resolutions that will last all year and beyond. We’ve also included some advice on why we might struggle with New Year’s Resolutions, even with our best intentions.
1. Understand What You Want to Achieve
Whether it is to lose weight, stop smoking or be generally healthier, understanding exactly what you want to achieve is the first step in making a successful New Year’s Resolution.
2. Understand why you want to make the resolution
Understanding why you want to make your resolution can help you stick to it during the hard times and make it a long lasting resolution. You can even make a list detailing your reasons and stick it somewhere you see every day, perhaps on your fridge or your desk at work. Here are some examples to help you:
- Improve your health
- Save money
- Run with more stamina
- Food tastes better
- Improve your health
- Get more energy
- Start a family
3. Consider what is, or might, get in your way of achiving your goal
You may have decided to make this resolution before and not managed it or you could be attempting it for the first time, either way, there are bound to be obstacles in your way or excuses you’ve made in the past.
Write down all the barriers you’ve come across before or think you might come across and create strategies for coping with them. And if there is a person holding you back, you might have to sit them down and tell them why this goal is so important to you and why you need their support.
Who is your support system?
Equally, we all have people in our lives who support us no matter what. These people will be your key allies, so tell them your goal and how you’re planning to achieve it and enlist them to help you stay accountable. Remember, at your local LloydsPharmacy our healthcare team can help you look after your health, from quitting smoking to eating better.
5. Make a mood board
Visualisation is a useful tool in trying to get what you want, so consider making yourself an inspiration board. You use a sheet of card or make a virtual board on Pinterest. In fact, if you have a browse around Pinterest, you’ll see that a lot of other people have already done this to give you an idea where to start.
6. List exactly what you want to achieve
Write down exactly what it is that you want to get done, and try to break your overall goal into more manageable chunks. For example, adding 10 minutes more exercise in a day will be easier to stick to than saying you will go the gym more. Then when that becomes a habit, try adding in another step towards your goal.
Try to keep this somewhere prominent or close by so you always have it as a reminder of what you are setting out to achieve. Having something tangible helps to cement your resolve.
7. Don't tackle too much at once
You may have a massive list of things you want to accomplish in this year, but don’t aim for too much as this can be overwhelming and disheartening. Pick one or two things and really go for them, rather than loads of things that you can only achieve a bit of.
8. If you fall off the wagon, get right back on it
It’s okay to slip up, but don’t let one mistake spoil your efforts for longer than that one slip up. Don’t let yourself off for the rest of the day, week, month. You haven’t failed, because you can’t fail at something you don’t give up on. You might like to write down or film how you felt after that one error. This could help you avoid the same thing in the future.
9. Don't be to hard on yourself
Making any big change isn’t easy, in fact, nothing worth having comes easily, so you’re going to have to be prepared for some hard work. But don’t be too hard on yourself. Chalk up every little victory you win on this journey and you’ll soon realise that you’re making progress, no matter how slow.
10. Remember: You deserve this!
Remember, whatever your resolution, you’re making it to improve yourself and your life and you deserve it. For all the sacrifices you may have to make along the way, these are building up to your ultimate goal.
If you’re struggling with any of your health related New Year’s Resolutions, our expert health care team can help you with advice, support or even product recommendations. Find your local LloydsPharmacy here.