2. FIND SOME­THING YOU LOVE

Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - Wellness -

As the first days of 2019 tick over, a crazy amount of New Year’s res­o­lu­tions have al­ready mor­phed into dis­so­lu­tions. Los­ing weight, eat­ing healthy, quit­ting drink­ing or ex­er­cis­ing more are ridicu­lous res­o­lu­tions with­out firm strate­gies at the helm.

I dis­cov­ered long ago I’m an anti-res­o­lu­tion­ist (is there such a word?). Yep, no New Year’s res­o­lu­tions around here. I pre­fer to bun­dle up a whole heap of small, pos­i­tive be­hav­iours that help main­tain a con­sis­tent level of good­ness through­out the year. The prob­lem I find with cre­at­ing spe­cific goals is that they give us an end­point. I’m sure you all know the feel­ing of post goal come­down — that heavy cloud that leaves us with­out di­rec­tion or pur­pose, es­pe­cially if the goal wasn’t met.

New Year’s res­o­lu­tions are about try­ing to break habits, which is hard, but cer­tainly not im­pos­si­ble. We’re led to be­lieve we need to rely on willpower (if you’re a reg­u­lar reader you will know this isn’t true). The very mo­ment the hol­i­days are over, life re­turns to nor­mal and un­dealt with stress, tired­ness and con­stant de­ci­sion-mak­ing en­ters the pic­ture … groan, fail­ure presents it­self and “I can’t change” men­tal­ity re­peats it­self on au­to­play.

Feel­ing trapped by a be­hav­iour can leave us with­out hope, but the good news is it’s pos­si­ble to break free, not by learn­ing new habits but by know­ing what you want.

A cer­tain level of self-con­trol is nec­es­sary to do any­thing that’s new. This takes time, pa­tience and per­sis­tence. The more a path is worn, the higher chance of suc­cess it has to leave an im­print and take form. Here are three things to do now to in­sti­gate habit change: It is im­por­tant to find some­thing you en­joy do­ing rather than do­ing some­thing be­cause you feel you have to. Re­cent stud­ies show that when a new be­hav­iour is started, cer­tain ar­eas of the brain light

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