KEEP IT SLOW AND STEADY
CANCER COUNCIL QUEENSLAND SPOKESWOMAN KATIE CLIFT SHARES FIVE EASY TIPS TO HELP MAKE YOUR 2016 RESOLUTION LAST THE DISTANCE
Although we may be knee-deep in preparations for the indulgence of the Christmas season, thoughts of our goals in a fresh new year are often not far away. Whether you love or loathe New Year’s resolutions, setting personal goals is a great way to help keep your mind and body feeling healthy and happy. However, sticking to a resolution can be a challenge. Whether your goal is to quit junk food or try something new, it’s important to get prepared. Here are five tips to help.
Set realistic and achievable goals. Too many changes at once or discouragement after initial setbacks can cause people to resume old habits. Start by setting small goals that have lasting effects, like implementing healthy dietary changes or increasing your daily physical activity, one step at a time.
Remind yourself why you decided to change and how your action will benefit your health. Also take the time to celebrate how far you have come. There is a real sense of accomplishment in reflecting on how far you have progressed and seeing the commitment you’ve made come to fruition.
Develop a timeline and include small achievable goals throughout the journey to help motivate you. Include healthy rewards such as a massage or time with friends when you reach each milestone. This will inspire you not to give up.
What are some of the challenges that might arise and how will you handle them? Identifying obstacles before you start and being aware of potential challenges will help you reach your goal.
Tell a trusted friend or family member about your resolution and ask them to help keep you accountable. A word of encouragement from someone else can go a long way.