Making Your New Years Resolution Stick

Making Your New Years Resolution Stick

I can’t believe we have reached the end of 2018! It seems like January of 2018 has just passed, but what a year it has been!

For me, I started working at the Happy Physio clinics in 2018, after moving to Perth in 2017. But after 7 years of travelling the country and working in clinics throughout South Australia, Victoria, Northern Territory and Western Australia, I finally decided it was time to start my own venture. Fast track to the end of 2018 and Move Physiotherapy has been born, and we are accepting our first appointments on January 15th!

But, enough about me. What about you? Lets talk about your goals and resolutions for 2019.

The following is an exert from the American Psychological Association:

Lose weight? Check. Start exercising? Check. Stop smoking? Check.

It can be daunting when your list of New Year’s Resolutions is as long as your holiday shopping list. In addition to the post-holiday slump, not being able to keep your resolutions by February, March or even late January may increase your anxiety. When your holiday decorations are packed up and stored away, the frustration of an unused gym membership or other reminders of failed resolutions can make the later winter months feel hopeless.

However, it is important to remember that the New Year isn’t meant to serve as a catalyst for sweeping character changes. It is a time for people to reflect on their past year’s behavior and promise to make positive lifestyle changes. “Setting small, attainable goals throughout the year, instead of a singular, overwhelming goal on January 1 can help you reach whatever it is you strive for,” says psychologist Lynn Bufka, PhD. “Remember, it is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.”

 

Here are our tips for making sure your New Years Resolutions are achieved

1. Start Small: People overestimate what they can accomplish within 1 day, and greatly underestimate what they can accomplish within a year. Make resolutions that you can keep. Start small – e.g. want to get fitter- add in 2-3 exercise sessions per week instead of aiming for 7. Build the habit of 2-3 exercise sessions per week before increasing further.

2. Change one behaviour at a time: Our unhealthy behaviours (this could be smoking, or drinking excessively) develop over time. Therefore we can’t expect ourselves to break these behaviours instantly. Don’t feel that you need to reassess and change everything about your life- instead, start by changing one behaviour at a time.

3. Share your goals: Share your goals, and share your experiences with your family and friends. Having someone to share your experiences with makes your journey easier and more enjoyable.

4. Don’t be too hard on yourself: Perfection is unattainable. Remember that we all make mistakes, and minor missteps when reaching your goals are completely normal, and more so they are okay. Don’t give up because you broke your diet for a day, or skipped a gym session. Everyone has their ups and downs. Take some time and recover from your mistakes and then get back on track.

 

From Move Physiotherapy, have a Happy 2019!

 



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