As we enter a new decade, you may be looking back on the last ten years. Achievements, hurdles, and setbacks. All of which, got you to this point today.

Whichever New year resolution you may have set yourself, it may be of somewhat larger significance this year due to the “new decade”. This undoubtedly is a milestone, but primarily a psychological thing that we all have going on. We love the idea of a blank slate, another chance to get what we didn’t get done in the previous year. A new year almost wipes everything clean and tells us we can! Regardless of whether the new year is simply just a follow on from the previous day.

In truth, this can be a very productive perspective- that’s if you see your resolutions through. However, if you are like a lot of us, shaking those unhealthy habits can prove difficult and unfortunately result in us breaking our resolutions, which leads to further disappointment.

So, as the new year has edged in, you may have got off to a great start. But how often do we stick to our new year resolutions? And how do we go about making successful and productive changes to our lifestyles?! Here are some tips that may be of some use;

  1. Be realistic about what you are setting, don’t be hard on yourself. Instead of making huge goals, set yourself small targets and gradually build on them…
  2. Practice time out and self-care. If this isn’t already part of your weekly routine, get it on the priority list! Mental and physical wellbeing come first, always.

Contrary to popular belief, self-care is not a luxury, it is more a discipline. Of course, you should have a treat every now and then, and run yourself a bath after a hard day/week at work. But self-care isn’t about overindulgence, it’s about looking after yourself, getting enough sleep, working on your mental and physical health, and maybe saying no to things that initially feel good in the moment, for the greater effects this will have on you long term.

  1. Instead of going solo, why not get together with colleagues, family or friends and make your resolutions as a team. If you are more vocal and involved, you are more likely to stick to your resolutions and have more fun while doing so!
  2. Start as you mean to go on. Just because we are nearing the end of January and you still haven’t mustered the energy or motivation to make it to the gym, that certainly does not mean you should “just start next month”. Practice discipline and diminish excuses- if you put this into practice you will eventually shake that “I’ll start on Monday” mentality.
  3. If not now, when?

Have a brilliant year!