Steps for change in the new year

We all have our vices, our habits – things we know we shouldn’t be doing that aren’t healthy or simply don’t blend with who we want to be. Even though we know some of the things we should change, motivation can be hard to come by.

Maybe you want to get into shape, maybe you want to get fit, quit smoking or cut down on alcohol? Or maybe you just want to take more time for you – to be in the present and learn some mindfulness techniques.

Change is hard – here are some tips on how to stick with your new year resolutions:

  • Set specific goals
  • Make your goals realistic
  • Take one thing at a time
  • It’s ok to ask for help when making the change(s)
  • Reward yourself for the right reasons.

 

Steps to consider when thinking about making changes

Want it

Do you really want to change? What is the reason for this change? Is it for you, or someone else? Think long and hard about why you want to change, because the best intentions will mean nothing if your motivation isn’t strong and true.

 

Plan ahead

Knowing what success looks like for you, and outlining a timeline which includes small and large goals can help you to stay on track.

 

Manage relapse

What will be your steps if you do relapse? Plan ahead, be prepared and ultimately be kind to yourself so you can get back up, dust yourself off, and keep on changing.

 

Be patient

You’ve got this: it will take some time.

 

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