Happy new year Holistic HQ loves! There’s always an exciting, buzzy feeling as the new year begins!
As we reflect on the year that was and look towards the year ahead, you might be ready to pen down the goals that you’re aiming for, or positive changes you wish to make in your life. With this in mind, if you are in the mindset of planning new goals for 2017, here are some helpful tips to support the changes you want to see.
Consistency: Making a start is something that I have a hard time with, and which we all tend to struggle with when beginning new habits. Believing you have the power over your actions is a great behaviour change motivator and one that will get you on the track and keep you there. Taking that initial step and committing to your goal consistently will help with making it a habit and enhancing your feelings of achieving your goal. Making incremental changes but keeping them consistent so that you have the change regularly in your life will give you the power to see how well you are doing and how far you have come.
Positivity: Giving yourself the recognition that you can do anything is a really powerful thing! Whatever it is you are achieving, saying something to yourself like “yes I can” or “I’m already making this change and I’m feeling and seeing the benefit” will work wonders on making a goal a reality and one you will achieve.
Motivating yourself can be difficult but introducing positive mantras to yourself throughout the day can help with keeping you on the path to successful change.
Support: Having supportive friends, family and colleagues are always a bonus to have around when setting a goal and making a change. The beauty of having that support is that you will be encouraged (and reminded!) to achieve whatever it is you want to achieve. By letting your family and friends know what it is you want to set out and conquer, asking for their support to help these changes come about will strengthen your commitment to your goal.
Self love/care: At this time of the year it’s so easy to get caught in the merry-go-round of guilt and self hate. Over-indulging at Christmas and the holidays can make you feel like you need to restrict or punish yourself. Unfortunately, this sets you up for a new year where you’ll probably make impossible goals.
Have you noticed a lot of new year goals are centred around diet and exercise? These especially make you feel like you need to deprive yourself or ramp up the exercise to twice the amount. This kind of thinking will hurt the relationship you have with yourself. Take the time to give credit to yourself and reward yourself with the changes by perhaps buying a gorgeous candle and taking a luxe bath. Or get a massage, buy some flowers or anything else that you enjoy to encourage the love you have for yourself and the positive changes you are making.
One of my goals for this year is to meditate, so I made a plan to meditate for 5 minutes each day and then make steady but consistent increments of 2 minutes each week. I said to myself that “I am meditating every day and I feel calmer”. I’ve let my boyfriend know and given myself a mini celebration to work towards of buying a bunch of flowers for my study desk at the end of week 1.
What positive changes do you hope to make in 2017…?
Love, Abs xx