It’s the beginning of another new year, and we can’t help but feel that January is a fresh start! The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over and late night gatherings and festivities are replaced with nights in, often with a hot cup of tea or curled up on the couch. This is also why January is the perfect month to pause and reflect on the past year.
January is also the time of year when we inevitably start to think of “New Year’s Resolutions”. Resolutions can be wonderful, but quite often can lead to putting more pressure on ourselves since we generally do this just once every year. For many of us, we default and let things slide, or give up all together because life begins to get busy again. Feelings of guilt and failure may set in, and we start to lose focus on what we initially intended for ourselves.
This is exactly why we should be setting intentions and goal setting on a regular basis rather than setting a resolution.
You don’t have to wait for January, the first of the month, or even next Monday to begin a new journey — whether it’s exercising more, learning a new skill, or finally losing those extra few pounds — you can start today!
Taking the time to regularly reflect on the goals we have set for ourselves helps us to check into what is working for us, and what isn’t. For example, if you resolved to go to the gym 5 days a week for the next 3 months, but 2 weeks in you find it’s beginning to exhaust you due to a gruelling work schedule, that’s okay! Acknowledge your circumstances, and create a new goal, such as going to the gym 3 days a week instead.
Not every goal and intention we have in our mind goes exactly to plan. But rather than give it up all together, take the time once per week, or once a month, and revamp that goal!
Fellow Healthoholics, this may seem overwhelming, but here are some tips to help you begin!
- Buy a journal! I’m a huge advocate of this because life gets busy, and writing out our goals and intentions not only helps to clear our minds, but it also forces us to take a moment to sit down and pause.
- Take time for yourself each day. Even if its 5 minutes, or before you get out of bed in the morning — find a quiet space where you can be alone without distractions, or technology, and remind yourself of why you started.
- Reevaluate and reflect, at least once a month. You may be on the right track, or perhaps what you first intended for yourself isn’t serving you, and you need to adjust. Read your journal, and begin a new page adding any changes to existing goals, or setting new intentions. If you have a rather large goal for yourself, you may find it helpful to do this weekly!
By replacing resolutions with reflections, goals and intentions, you allow yourself to be more in tune to what you really want in life, and what’s working for you. You end up being kinder to yourself and your body, as you don’t have the stress, pressure, and feeling of failure when a resolution you set in January falls through. Rather, you simply reassess.
You can achieve your goals, go after what you want, and become the best version of yourself.
Remember that nothing happens over night, and that’s why it’s so important to keep going, reflect regularly, take time for yourself, and enjoy all the unfoldings and moments of your journey.
Have you set any goals or intentions for this year? Let us know in the comments below!