Did you know that around 80 percent of these resolutions fail by the second week of February? If you’re still holding fast onto yours — good job! If you haven’t, there’s still time to rebound!
There are plenty of reasons that even the most well-intentioned resolutions don’t make it through. It’s difficult to change behaviour, no matter how sincere you are about making things different. Though some may say we are weak, or don’t have a plan to execute, the real reason is simpler than that — we simply don’t understand our own psyche. The brain is complex, and though science works to understand it more every day, we are still far off from being to reprogram ourselves at will.
What you can do, however, is make it easier on yourself. Making a resolution can imply that you recognize that you want to change something to be better. Why not make it as smooth as possible to help turn these changes from temporary to permanent?
Did you make one (or more) of the common New Year’s resolutions?
You, or someone you know, probably noted that exercising more was a priority for the new year. With its many benefits, why wouldn’t you want to exercise more? Making the time for it, though, can be mentally difficult. Some may try to motivate themselves with new gym gear or signing up for a new class. However, these short-term actions may end up being a sunk cost. Changing exercise habits may need a few psychological cues.
Another popular resolution is to try and eat better. Looking at healthy recipes on Pinterest is one thing, but actually getting down to it and cooking is another story. If you work full time and have other interests, you might find it difficult to get your food habits in line. Eating better isn’t all kale and flax smoothies and chicken and cauliflower every day — all it takes is a few replacements and some simple, attainable changes.
Reduce Caffeine Dependency
Many people love the boost they get from coffee. The benefits of the caffeine content have been constantly debated, mostly around how much should be consumed. Whether you’re drinking it because you like or you’re dependent on the caffeine, too much can cause restlessness, increase sensitivity, or other side effects. If you’ve still got a habit for reaching for a hot drink, try these instead.
It can be difficult to hold onto a resolution, and even if you can’t keep it, you can always try again — don’t wait until the new year! Making life changes is something that can happen at any time of the year, so if it’s something you really want to do, hold steady and try, try again.