Top tips for getting a great start to the new year

Make this year the best yet by taking control of your health and wellbeing.

The fresh start offered by a brand new year is an opportunity to bring about positive changes in your life. If you’re keen to improve your general health and fitness, make it the focus of your New Year’s resolution. Here are some top tips for making achievable resolutions – and sticking to them.

Just make one

It can be tempting to sit down and make a list of every single tiny thing you want to do in 2020. However, you’re far more likely to succeed if you make one firm resolution and channel all your energy into making that one change. And once you succeed, you’ll feel even more motivated to move onto something else .

Whether you want to lose weight or start getting enough sleep, work out what your main priority is and throw yourself into achieving it. If you’re not sure where to start, getting a health assessment can help you identify which aspects of your health you need to work on. You may also find it helpful to speak to a GP and get their advice on any health concerns you have.

Break it down

Once you’ve decided on your one new year’s resolution, you need to break it down into a series of achievable mini-goals. Start by dreaming big and then create a plan for how you’re going to get there. It is easier to keep track of your progress and stay motivated if you have small, tangible checkpoints to work towards1.

If it’s your New Year’s resolution to get to a target weight by the end of 2020, you’ll need to start eating healthily and exercising regularly. You can break this down into achievable weekly or monthly targets. For example, you might aim to get the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week by the end of January. A dietary consultation will give you plenty of ideas about how to eat healthily and what steps you can take to lose weight.

Get the support you need

Tell your family and friends about your resolution and what you’re doing to achieve it. Getting their support will help you stay motivated on the inevitable days when you feel like giving up. Sharing your goals on social media, as well as your progress towards achieving them, will also make you more likely to stick to them1.

For some health resolutions you might need to get professional advice or support in order to help you make the changes you want in your life. For example, getting over a sleep disorder isn’t just a case of willpower – in many cases it also requires specialist treatment. If your resolution is to conquer a phobia, take control of anxiety or quit an unhealthy habit such as smoking, you may find that hypnotherapy helps you achieve this.

Reward your progress

As you take steps towards achieving your New Year’s resolution, make sure you give yourself credit for all of your hard work. Keeping track of your progress can be a fantastic way to stay motivated. Create a spreadsheet or write a journal or blog of your triumphs and you’ll be able to see just how far you’ve come since 1st January1.

Reward yourself for each step you take, however small it might seem. These moments are also the ideal time to reflect on why you’re doing what you’re doing. It can be a good idea to make a list of all the benefits of achieving your resolution. This is something you can turn to when you need motivation, to remind yourself of all the ways you’re improving your life by working towards your goal1.

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