January is well known as a traditional time to make new year resolutions. But I don’t think I’m alone in saying this; by the end of the month I haven’t been able to keep up with them. Life gets in the way, unexpected events happen, and therefore I haven’t been able to fully commit to my new year resolutions. This can lead to us feeling despondent, and worse still, giving ourselves a hard time for not being able to achieve these goals.
This year has started different, thanks to what I have learnt from the Self-Care and Positive Wellbeing Webinars at Meridian Wellbeing. The New Year is still a great opportunity to set goals for what I would like to see myself doing more of, but through positive wellbeing I’ve learnt that we have 365 days to achieve them!
To me, this makes a big difference. My list of New Year Resolutions remain the same, such as get fitter and eat healthier – but now I can take a step back and look at how these goals fit more realistically into my lifestyle. I have permission to be kinder to myself. My wellbeing matters. This is my revised starting block:
The above objectives feel more manageable. I feel like I can achieve these without breaking into too much of a sweat, or putting myself under immediate pressure. I am setting myself the goal of January to achieve the above. In February I hope to increase on some of the above goals, such as cooking two new meals a week, and a 3rd swimming session each week. It is all possible, but for me it needs to be practical too. If I am not able to increase this activity in February - that's ok. I will be kind to myself and continue with the January plan. And I will celebrate that I 'got off the starting block' with my 2022 goals.
I’d like to end this blog with some inspirational quotes I have seen over the past two weeks which I have found helpful and motivating, and I hope they can do similar for you too.