How often have you gone into January 1st armed with a host of resolutions, only to find them all broken weeks later? In fact, according to one statistic, 80% of us will fail by the second week of February.
Resolutions are framed with negativity because they focus too much on what we can’t do or what we should only be doing, and this mindset automatically sets us up for failure and self-loathing.
If you’re thinking about the new year and what changes you’d like to make, here are reasons why you should ditch your New Year’s resolutions:
It’s simply not the right time
When you think about it, January is the worst time to start a new healthy eating and fitness plan. The weather is rubbish, and who really wants to rush to the gym after work and then home to a bowl of cold salad?
Give yourself a break! Stick to your cosies and enjoy warm, hearty meals that involve plenty of carbs (you need the nourishment to tackle the cold, right?).
You can return to the idea of investing in a gym membership and containers for meal-planning in May, you know, when bikini season hits.
Deprivation and you are not a match
If you’re told you can’t have something, it becomes the only thing you think about, all day, every day.
Health experts always say a little bit of everything is good for us so why are you planning to go without all your favourite things, be it chocolate, bread, your favourite takeaway, your Netflix subscription.
Everything in moderation.
Your attitude is all wrong
Christmas is an indulgent season. Over the last few weeks, you’ve enjoyed plenty of boozy-based catch ups, eaten everything that’s on the ‘forbidden food’ list, and lost all sense of what a gym is.
When it comes to January 1st, the diet starts and misery kicks in.
You can’t remodel your life overnight. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Focus on small changes instead. That way you’ll have some hope of reaching the finish line.
Focus on starting new things
Goodbye resolutions and hello goals.
If you’re constantly talking about all the things you’re going to do, you’ll just be one big cranky mess.
Instead, keep yourself motivated and positive by trying new things.