January felt like an entire year in itself, but nonetheless, February is here. If you’re like us, we made a list of resolutions for the new year. Our lists included things like working out more, eating cleaner, and all your typical resolutions. Some have been kept, and some have been broken. If you’ve broken some of them, we’re here to tell you it’s okay! We want to help you keep those resolutions going until they’re habits.
Start off small:
Change doesn’t happen overnight. If your resolution is something completely new, you don’t want to overwhelm yourself by jumping off the deep end. Start off small! Let’s use working out as an example. If you’ve been very inconsistent in the past, going every day might not be the way to start. Try three times a week or every other day to let your body adjust.
Identify your triggers:
While overwhelming yourself might cause you to fail, external factors may also be at play. Identify what might be holding you back from success. Whether it’s old habits, places, or people, figuring that out could be the one step you needed to take to get closer to your goal.
Find a buddy:
The buddy system remains tried and true. Conquering anything new is always more fun with a friend. Not only is it more fun, having a partner provides automatic accountability and encouragement. Just having someone going through the same thing you are might be comfort in itself.
The most important gift you can give yourself is forgiveness. If you messed up in January, it is going to be okay! There’s a whole 11 months to keep going and get yourself where you want to be. It’s always okay to restart if that means bettering yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, or whatever area in life you’d like to improve. Remember that you’ve got it in you!
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