I never usually make New Year resolutions, mainly because my birthday is at the beginning of January and it’s no fun starting a diet on the 1st of Jan when you know that you’re going out celebrating in a few days time!
Yep, I was the person who gave up smoking on the 10th January 2000, I still get weird looks from people when asked about that.
However having this slightly more realistic time frame works and makes me far less likely to give up on my new plans after a few days.
The other thing that I have found works well is to have positive resolutions rather than negative one or at least to phrase them in a positive way. Wordplay helps a lot in making it more likely to be a successful resolution.
Telling yourself that you are going on a diet immediately fills your head with images of boring food, no treats, a strict regime etc. Telling yourself that you are going to make healthy food choices gives you a wide range of foods to choose from and more options to think about.
Likewise telling yourself that you are going to get fit, or have a slim body feels so much better than telling yourself you are going to lose weight or go jogging every day.
You can also try positive resolutions such as making 2013 the year you complete a 10k run, or go skydiving, write a book or a blog. It needn’t be a big (or even expensive choice) you can resolve to say ‘Yes’ more often and see where that takes you, or start writing a gratitude diary every evening and see how that puts you in a more positive frame of mind. You could try smiling at passers-by in the street – it makes both you and them feel good, or giving out more compliments.
One of the things that I’m adding to my list is to go to bed a little earlier than I do at the moment! On ‘school nights’ I tend to get around 7 hours sleep but this is not enough for me, so I need to go to bed a little earlier. I know it will help me both physically and mentally (more energy, stamina, reduced appetite etc), but tend to find myself just checking out ‘one more thing’ on the internet before going to bed. The worst thing is that I know that I’m doing it and still do nothing about it!
In order to make it easier I’m going to set my alarm to remind me to go to bed! It’s something I read about and thought ‘Hey that’s a great idea’ but have never done. So 2013 is going to be the year I do it. I’m also going to make it realistic and aim for 15 minutes extra sleep to start with, I know that if I set for an extra hour I’ll still think I have plenty of time for sleep and so ignore it and stay up! I feel I will be more successful if I do gradual increments, well I’ve got a whole year to get there!
Why not make 2013 the year to improve your sleep? It will reduce your stress levels, improve your health, help you lose weight and give you more energy – all pretty good results from one resolution!
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