Often after the excess of Christmas and New Year celebrations people can feel like they have overdone it and need to get ‘back on track’. And just as often, the resolutions we promise ourselves are broken within days of making them. So why are these commitments so hard to keep?
Usually it boils down to the same things: the changes we require of ourselves are either too many, too dramatic, or both – making them unrealistic. Genuine lifestyle change must be a gradual and balanced process to achieve a real difference in our behaviour.
Dedicated to diet
Keep the adjustment simple and manageable. Try eliminating unhealthy foods, and consciously replacing them with healthier ones as often as possible. For example, if your weakness is chips, snack on a small handful of unsalted almonds instead. If you give in to your cravings, make sure it is only occasional and keep the portion size small.
Exercise the easy way
Trying to change your entire exercise regime overnight is almost certain to fail, and your disappointment may be demotivating. Try to do it in achievable proportions and build up from there. For example, if your goal is to take up running, use technology such as learning-to-run apps, to help guide and train you.
Make exercise even easier and more enjoyable by involving your friends or family.
Taking control of insurances
Don’t wait until the last minute to take charge of your insurance. Do your research and find the best insurance for your health, travel, home and car. Take a little time to reassess any insurances that you set up years ago, making sure that you’re covered for the things you need and not paying for the things you don’t.
Check in for a check-up
Regular health checks become increasingly important when you get older, as you can become more at risk of developing certain medical conditions – this also applies to eyes and teeth.
In Australia, it’s also very important to have regular skin checks.
It’s especially important to see a doctor if you notice any changes or anything unusual, or you have any concerns. Even if you feel well, it’s still worth getting regular check-ups.
Maintaining good mental health
Another part of your lifestyle that is important, yet many of us neglect to take care of it, is emotional wellbeing. Modern life is busy and can be very stressful, subsequently, you may forgo the opportunity to take time for yourself.
It’s very important that if you feel anxious or sad for more than two weeks, reach out to someone you trust for support.