When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, if you’ve managed to hold out for over a fortnight into January, you’re doing very well! However, we’ve reached the crunch point as 17th January is the most common date to give up on a resolution and it’s marked by Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day.
To help you avoid becoming a member of the quitters club, the health and well-being experts at LloydsPharmacy have the low-down on how to do resolutions right.
Here’s how to avoid being the person who ditches their resolutions:
Set realistic goals
LloydsPharmacy Pharmacist Alison Freemantle says “Set realistic goals and breakdown your resolution into smaller, more manageable tasks. For example if you want to lose weight, why not promise yourself to always take the stairs over getting in a lift on your way to work, or swap your caramel latte for a hot water and lemon in the morning? Whatever your New Year’s resolution is, give yourself one small target to maintain every month and before you know you it you will have made a whole host of positive lifestyle changes. These tasks will feel less overwhelming and by setting a new one each month, you’ll keep your motivation levels up throughout the year.”
Think outside the box and be specific
Alison continues “Think outside the box when it comes to being healthy. For example if you want to be healthier, why not consider other ways you can improve your health, outside of dieting and exercising. For example, did you know that 44% of people taking medicines experience avoidable side effects? With that in mind if you’re taking medication, visiting a pharmacist for a Medicines Check-Up could potentially result in a much healthier and happier you in 2016. LloydsPharmacy offer free Medicines Check-Ups. Use the store locator on the website to find your nearest store.”
Check out Alison’s Monthly Challenge to help you make New Year’s resolutions more manageable: