Sticking to your New Year's Resolution
It’s that time of the year again! Many of us will be making resolutions to better ourselves in 2017 but statistics tell us that most of us won’t make it to six months. Below we will explore some common resolutions and some practical steps for making them work.
With the excesses of Christmas just behind us it’s no wonder that this is the number one New Year’s resolution. So what can you do? The important thing is to have a specific goal in mind, rather than the vague idea that you want to lose weight. Choose a realistic and achievable goal for you, rather than focus on what other people are doing.
Try making sustainable changes that you can stick to long term, rather than depriving or overworking yourself and then giving up.
This is another popular resolution, which many of us struggle to stick with. To make it work set yourself a specific goal, e.g. to exercise once a week for an hour. You could even choose a specific day in the week which will help get you into a routine.
Have a look at what’s available in your area or exercise at home with a DVD or by following fitness bloggers online. There are loads of things to do, so don’t stick to something you don’t enjoy. If you’re an Admiral employee, take advantage of our free gym memberships to attend a class once a week or go for a swim.
Eat more healthily
There are many ways to make small, achievable changes to the way you eat to become healthier. The important thing is to make long term changes that you can actually stick to.
For instance you could resolve to make healthy meals at the weekend. Or to only have crisps one day a week and have a healthy snack on the other days. As an Admiral employee you get free fruit at work which can help you with this. Another idea is to commit to Meatless Mondays instead of trying to go vegetarian or vegan overnight.
Give up smoking or drinking
This resolution can be very difficult to achieve, so try making small, incremental changes.
For instance you could commit to smoking fewer cigarettes a day rather than trying to quit cold turkey. Use support networks, e.g. www.stopsmokingwales.com, or quitting products like patches to help you.
If you want to drink less, you could resolve to have a drink free week every month, rather than only quitting short term. Try choosing something that will work for you long term.
Get a better work life balance
Many of us resolve to have a better work life balance, spend more time with family and friends or to have more “me” time.
Make your resolution specific to give you the best chance of succeeding. For instance, you could resolve to keep one weekend free every month to do what you want to do. Or you could commit to family meal times at the weekend. For better work life balance you could try leaving work on time, or working one day a week from home. Choose something that is ambitious enough for you, but realistically and practically achievable.
At the end of the day...
There are many other resolutions you can make, so don’t feel like you need to do what everyone else is doing. Choose something that will make a real difference to you and that you will enjoy doing.
For example you could find a class like cooking, sewing, or painting. You could also commit to reading a new book every month. At Admiral you can order books every month for self-development, which can support you in this. Another idea is to have a TV free day once a week.
Most importantly of all don’t beat yourself up if you stumble – the goal of New Year’s resolutions is to make long term changes for the better, not to become perfect over night. As long as you are more or less following your resolution for the next year, you will have done extremely well and can be proud of yourself!