Did your new year’s resolve, dissolve?

As we approach the end of January we get a chance to reflect on just how we are doing and we ask ourselves did your new year’s resolve dissolve?  

As the new year’s clock strikes the final gong of midnight we are often motivated to make changes towards new goals. We started the month with great intentions, so as we near the end of January, how are we doing? 

The first couple of weeks are relatively easy for many as it’s new and exciting but as we head past week three, the excitement is wearing thin! In fact, research shows that in the US by the end of week two, 25% percent of people have already given up their resolution. So as you struggle to hold on to the waning pendulum of new habits, what can you do to keep it going? 

Can you become the 75%?

  1. Reflect - This is your opportunity to take a step back from your new goal, behaviour or routine and see if you are actually doing what you wanted to do. If you are, then great,  on the other hand if you’re struggling, have a think about ways to improve and whether the goal was too much of a stretch. Perhaps you could make a half step towards your new goal instead.

  2. Reaffirm - Double check your why. Why do you want to do this? Was it to be healthier, lose weight, be happier, have more energy, be more relaxed. Whatever your why, reaffirm. Write it down again - somewhere you can see it or even better somewhere others can see it.  It just makes you more accountable for your actions. 

  3. Recheck - Is it doing for you what you wanted. If you wanted to learn to calm your mind with mindfulness it may be too early to tell so don’t give up just yet. However, if you’re trying to eat in a way that gives you more energy, double-check it’s giving you the outcome that you think it should. If it is, then great but on the other hand if it’s not then replace it with something different.  

  4. Redo - If you’ve already broken your resolution - don’t give up. It’s so easy to fail but in fact it’s picking yourself up and starting over that is key. We are programmed to go back to what we know and what we are comfortable with but if you can get back on the goal and give yourself another go.

How are you getting on with your new year resolutions? Let us know in the comments below or drop us an email at [email protected]

 Author: Dr. Adam Greenfield, Co-founder of WorkLifeWell | Doctor of Chiropractic | Wellness Specialist

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