OUT WITH THE OLD…
IN WITH THE NEW
Now is the time to make your New Year’s resolutions and with a bit of luck, these tips will help you stick to them!
While this New Year is somewhat different from the previous ones, it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy ourselves!
There aren’t any parties but we can create a party atmosphere and use the occasion to Zoom friends and wish them well.
While many of us will be settling down next to the fire to watch Jools Holland joyfully welcome in 2021 with his annual Hootenanny, others will be starting to think about New Year resolutions.
Many people think we make our own luck, and making and sticking to a New Year resolution is a sure fire way to improve your prospects.
Psychology professor Richard Wiseman gives the following tips for boosting willpower and staying motivated:
• Make only one resolution. Choosing just one aspect of your health to improve will increase your chance of success.
• Plan your resolution in advance. This will give you time to think about your goal and how to achieve it.
• Don’t repeat last year’s resolution. But if you do pick a different technique to achieve it.
• Keep the resolution specific and write it down.
• Plan a reward for when you achieve your goal. This will give you something to focus on.
Around seven million in the UK make New Year’s resolutions – and the most popular resolution is losing weight. But of those who make resolutions, less than 10 per cent achieve them.
So why do so many of us fail to achieve our goals? Making realistic resolutions is vital – you could resolve to run a marathon but why not pledge to walk or run a mile each day and improve on that.
The same concept applies to weight loss. Set small weekly goals to develop healthy habits that will ultimately help achieve your long-term target. You could resolve to go to spin class twice a week, eat more fruit and vegetables or make time for breakfast.
These goals are all simple and achievable – building on smaller goals will ensure success and this rule usually applies to most resolutions.