• Jenny

Change Is For Life, Not Just January

As we get well and truly stuck in with the new year, it is likely that those who made New Year's Resolutions may be already beginning to slack off in their efforts to keep their promises. Mo st people will gradually phase out the new changes when their motivation wanes a little bit, regardless of the situation. When it comes to making great changes in your life, you do not necessarily have to wait for the start of a new year. Instead, you can start today.


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Start off small

Starting small and making minor adjustments to your lifestyle can prepare the way for you to make larger, more life-changing adjustments later on.


A good place to start is to make a list of all of the things you can change or incorporate into your life that you can think of. A journal or diary will assist you in keeping track of your improvements and recording your achievements.


In order to improve your diet, you can keep a food diary to track what you are eating and when you are eating it. You can then search for ways to make changes, such as exchanging unhealthy snacks for fruits and nutrient-dense foods such as nuts and seeds. If you are just getting started with your exercise routine, you can do the same thing. Try to find something that you are interested in doing to help you maintain your drive and commitment to your new workout plan.


Keep track of your changes and celebrate your accomplishments as you reach them, with the goal of implementing lifelong improvements.


Plan carefully

Let's face it, there are always aspects in our life that we would like to improve. The ability to develop a realistic plan for what you want to change and how you intend to make it happen might mean the difference between effectively implementing changes and finding yourself right back to where you were originally


Maintain personal accountability to ensure that you stay on track and complete your goals. If you require additional assistance in implementing the adjustments, you should get guidance from professionals in this field. If you are battling substance misuse, you might look for inpatient rehab that will assist you in breaking the cycle of addiction and making positive changes in your life.


Look for strategies to assist yourself in making these changes; for example, do you need to avoid specific meals, environments, or locations? If this is the case, look for alternatives that will not lead you back to previous behaviors. You should look for measures to assist yourself stay on track if your changes are dietary in nature, such as meal planning and preparing snacks to take with you when you leave the house.


Make sure you are not being too hard on yourself.

A new habit requires an average of 60 repetitions before it becomes automatic and unconsciously performed. Rome was not built in a day, and new changes to your lifestyle will not be established overnight, no matter how much you want them to be, so be patient with yourself if things do not go according to plan at the beginning of your journey. Never forget that nothing is fixed in stone and that what works for one person may not necessarily work for another.