KEEP IT SLOW AND STEADY

CAN­CER COUN­CIL QUEENS­LAND SPOKES­WOMAN KATIE CLIFT SHARES FIVE EASY TIPS TO HELP MAKE YOUR 2016 RES­O­LU­TION LAST THE DIS­TANCE

The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Wellbeing -

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.

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