Helping you keep your New Year's Resolution

It’s a few weeks into the New Year, and your resolutions might already be falling by the wayside. That initial dedication is still there, but your methods might have reached a roadblock, and that’s ok! The whole point behind resolutions is self-improvement, and any attempt to better yourself should be celebrated.

We’ve outlined a few approaches to common goals that might re-invigorate you to keep your New Year’s Resolution.

Eating healthier

A common goal on people’s list is to improve their diet. Whether it’s a major overhaul of your current eating habits, or slowly moving towards a new routine, it can be hard to progress when your initial attempt doesn’t seem to be working out as well as you had hoped. We have quite a few resources that can help frame healthy eating in new ways so you can find the best practice that works for you.

Better food choices

Do you think you are a pretty healthy eater? Or are you trying to lose that last five pounds, feel more energetic or develop a more mindful approach to eating? Here are four food-oriented behavior tweaks that can help you make better food choices overall.

Rewarding yourself for healthy eating habits

Life is a balancing act. Sometimes we’re so busy it’s a wonder we even stay balanced on our own two feet! Perhaps the greatest balancing act for many of us is that between a healthy lifestyle and rewarding yourself with a sweet treat (or two!) outside your typical balanced diet .

Meal prepping

Meal prepping not only keeps us dedicated to health food options, but your meal options can be easily customized to your specific health food goals. Spice it up or dress it down, this article  is a great starting point for meal prep benefits and tips.

Staying organized

Bullet journal

The latest trend that we’re happy to jump on the bandwagon for! Bullet journals serve as planners, sketchbooks, to-do lists, and more, and are designed to allow you to organize your life and organizational needs your way. As the world becomes more and more digital, and we begin to tie ourselves to our mobile device, bullet journals are the perfect, analog fix. Bullet journals evolve with you, and the flexibility of them allows you to take things at your own pace and figure out your best organization habits as you go. Here are a few tips on how to get started with your very own bullet journal .

5 tips to think more clearly

We’re master mental jugglers on a daily basis – we take on several roles and responsibilities, and it is often our obligations that keep our minds off the tasks at hand. Rather than put yourself through mental gymnastics, here are five strategies that can help.

Getting active

Identifying why you want to improve

Before you launch into your new fitness routine, take a step back and examine why it is you want to make a change. Do you want to be stronger? More agile? More flexible? Or is it because you believe this lifestyle change will make you healthier, both physically and mentally? Whatever your reason, hold tight to it and keep in mind that you’re striving to make a positive change, and that alone is powerful! We have a previous blog post that might give you a good place to start, which highlights the easiest way to improve strength, your way.

Get the support you need

If your current gym routine just doesn’t seem to be working, try some classes to see if they’re a fit. A class structure allows for a mentor/mentee relationship, and often times, it can feel like the instructor is personally investing in your goal. The extra support is always nice! Additionally, by trying different workouts, like yoga, Pilates, barre, or spin classes, you can find the routine that best suits your schedule and your needs. Don’t be afraid to dive in and give things a try .

Doing fitness on a budget

If finances are a concern (and why wouldn’t they be, with how much gym memberships are nowadays?), why not try at home workout programs? There are plenty of streaming services that allow for a variety of fitness techniques that can be done from the comfort of your living room, and can be fit into your schedule whenever you have time to spare. If getting out the house is more your style, keep in mind that most gyms offer the first week free or at a major discount if you are referred by a friend or colleague. Play the field a little bit and explore the gyms in your area, all while saving a pretty penny as you find the place or activity that’s right for you and your wallet.

Breaking habits

New Year’s Resolutions can often be devoted to habits that are hard to break. A new year means a fresh start, and sometimes it’s the push we need to cut the excess from our lives. Whether that habit be smoking, keeping better track of your medications, or managing your finances better, we’ve got a few resources that can help you out.

Author: Taylor Werdel

January 26, 2018