It's that time of year again! Time to set some goals and resolutions for the new year. But this year, instead of vowing to lose weight or quitting smoking, why not make a resolution that is good for you AND the planet? Here are some tips on how to set effective wellness resolutions that will benefit both your health and the earth.
Define your goals - what do you want to achieve by the end of the year?
At this time of the year, it's important to take some time and reflect on the past year and define our goals for the upcoming one. What do we want to achieve or accomplish? We may want to set concrete goals, like getting a promotion or embarking on a new job or even creating positive lifestyle changes, such as recycling more or reducing our carbon footprint.
Set realistic goals - don't try to change everything at once, focus on one or two areas
Setting realistic goals is an important part of remaining motivated to achieve your ambitions. It can be tempting to want to change everything in our lives at once, however it can be a mistake to try and tackle too many tasks simultaneously as this often leads to feeling demoralised.
Your self-esteem and confidence should focus on one or two areas you would like to accomplish first. Identify where the most impactful change can start and give yourself time to create sustainable habits that will ultimately get you moving towards the bigger picture.
Break down larger targets into smaller, achievable chunks taking things step by step - which in the end builds up real progress!
Make a plan - how are you going to achieve your goals, and what will you do if you slip up along the way
Making a plan for how you will achieve your goals is essential for success. Start by listing out each goal you hope to accomplish and then make smaller objectives that will help you build towards your end result. Make sure your goals are realistic and measurable but don't be afraid to challenge yourself, pushing just slightly beyond what you think you can accomplish.
Hold yourself accountable - tell your friends and family about your resolutions, and ask them to help you stay on track
If you want to stick to your resolutions this year, telling your friends and family can be a great way to stay accountable. Social support is tremendously helpful in helping you maintain good habits.
Having people around you who encourage you on the journey toward reaching your goals can go a long way. Reach out to your support system and let them know what it is that you want to accomplish—and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
Friends and family can give you reminders, motivate you when motivation is low, and provide positive reinforcement. They will also remind you why it is that these resolutions are important and inspire you to keep going. Think of them as accountability partners so that together, you can reach success!
Reward yourself - celebrate your successes along the way, and give yourself a break if you need it
With any journey and goal, it is important to reward yourself for success. Taking a minute or two to celebrate and recognise accomplishments will provide motivation and encouragement along the way.
Additionally, it is critical to give yourself a break when you need one. Working too hard or pushing yourself too much can have detrimental effects on your growth and process. So, take some time with yourself to enjoy your successes; if you start feeling overwhelmed or exhausted, take a break to reduce stress and course-correct on a path towards your goals.
Set and reach those goals
Defining and achieving goals is a process, but it's worth taking the time to do it right. By following these steps, you can make sure that your wellness resolutions are achievable and realistic, and that you have a plan in place to make them happen.
Remember to hold yourself accountable, celebrate your successes along the way, and give yourself a break if you need it.
So what's your wellness resolution going to be for New Year?