New Year, Same You, but Better
Happy New Year! We are not the biggest fans of the whole “New Year, New You” concept. The lofty goals we set for ourselves in the new year just aren’t sustainable. So instead of making New Year’s resolutions, we are advocates of celebrating the New Year and all that it brings with it, but still being the same amazing, one-of-a-kind you, only better. Today, we are going to discuss why New Year’s resolutions don’t work and offer some ideas of what you can do instead.
Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work
Ninety percent of all New Year’s Resolutions don’t work (psychologytoday.com). Too often, New Year’s Resolutions are unattainable, pie-in-the-sky goals that set you up for failure. The problem with New Year’s Resolutions is that they're based on changing your habits, but instead of taking the steps to change old habits and create new ones, many people make their New Year’s resolutions too lofty. For example, “I am going to work out more,” or “I am going to eat healthier.” Sound familiar? (Us too). Although these are both great goals to have, the problem here is these resolutions are not specific enough. Instead of making generic statements, break your goals or resolutions down into smaller, actionable steps; ones you will actually take!
Instead of Losing Weight, Create a Healthier Lifestyle
- I will work out 3-4 days per week
- I will walk for 30 minutes every day
- I will make a healthy homemade lunch and bring it to work 4 days a week and will only buy my lunch once a week
- I will eat real, whole foods at every meal (okay maybe 2 meals, we still want to live a little)
- I will only enjoy an after work glass of wine on Fridays instead every day
Instead of Being More Present, Meditate Daily
We all say we want to be more present, but what are you really doing to be more mindful each day? Instead of making the resolution to be more present this year, try setting aside 5-10 minutes of daily meditation. Maybe it’s first thing in the morning when you wake up, or maybe it’s in the evening before bed. Whenever it is, find a time that works best for you to just sit in a quiet space alone with your thoughts. If you struggle to get started with a meditation practice, try some helpful apps like Headspace. (Bonus: They have a complimentary trial membership. Now you have no excuses. You’re welcome).
Instead of Getting More Sleep, Start a Sleep Routine
Most of us would really like to get more sleep each night. Instead of making the resolution to get more rest, be realistic and take steps to actually get quality sleep each night. That means power down all devices one hour before bed (yes that includes the television), take a warm epsom salt bath or soothing shower to wash away the day, try some light stretching or gentle yoga practice before climbing into bed, curl up with a cup of hot tea and a good book or write in your journal, or just take a few deep breaths to calm the nervous system. You don’t have to try all of these, but if you want to avoid showing up to the office each morning like a walking zombie, take small, actionable steps so you can show up ready to attack the day!
Same You, but Better
Don’t stress about the small stuff like making (or breaking) your New Year’s Resolutions. No one needs that extra pressure in their life! Instead, show yourself some love and compassion. Take the start of the New Year to practice some self love and write down your goals for 2018. Then create small, supporting, actionable steps that will help you accomplish them. You don’t have to enter the New Year as a new you. You can still be the same you, only better!
What steps are you going to take to reach your goals this year? Tell us in the comments below or show us by tagging us on Instagram @withinwithoutsnacks