If you’re like me, you have spent the holidays being larger than life, enjoying an abundance of food in family gatherings, an incredible amount of Lindor chocolates that seem to grow like weeds, and you have maintained an unimpressive level of physical activity, considering the huge quantities of food and festive cocktails you consumed between December 15 and 31. If so, don’t panic! The Savage Yogi is here to tell you that New Year’s resolutions are not just for super-motivated people. With a few tips, you too can start 2018 on the right foot. With that in mind, here are my 8 tips for keeping your resolutions in 2018.
1. Start With Small Steps (or Start Reasonably)
One of the worst mistakes the well-intentioned people make is to want to do too much too fast. Ideally, you should set small accessible goals; do 15 minutes of exercise and stretches in the morning 3 times a week, carpool at least once a week to reduce fuel consumption, choose 1 or 2 events for which to volunteer in the coming year. Small goals that cost nothing but which make a big difference.
2. Choose Activities That You Love
If your resolutions are burdensome, you will not be able to keep them. Choose activities that you love; they will give you positive energy and you will not be able to wait to start them. Bonus point! Pair your resolutions with habits you have already formed. Do you have coffee with a friend every week? Consider going on foot to increase your physical activity, and bring your reusable thermos to minimize waste.
3. Play More
To complete our second point, create time to PLAY. Whether it’s outdoors on the slopes, indoors with your loved ones playing a board game, or alone at a DIY activity, the physical, emotional and mental benefits of the games are huge!
4. Find an Accomplice
As you have probably already guessed, when you are two (or three or four), motivation multiplies! Find someone whose intentions for 2018 are similar to yours and organize activities together! This way, you will be able to keep each other on the right track and give each other a little motivation boost when it’s necessary.
5. Eat More Often, in Smaller Quantities
For those who want to cultivate a better relationship with their food consumption in 2018, a first step would be to eat more often during the day, but in smaller quantities. Think about six small meals instead of three big meals, and try to incorporate more fibre and healthier snacks. No need to fast to regain possession of your relationship with food!
6. Cultivate Better Resting Habits
It’s great to have resolutions for 2018, but without healthy resting habits, you will not succeed! The National Institute of Sleep Health recommends 7 to 9 consecutive hours of sleep per night for adults aged from 18 to 64; we are talking here about uninterrupted sleep. Having difficulty sleeping? Make sure to turn off your phone, computer and TV screens at least 30 minutes before going to bed. Also, avoid large meals up to an hour and a half before bedtime, and keep your room clean and well ventilated. Diffusing essential oils such as lavender before and during sleep can also help with rest.
7. Be Compassionate With Yourself
Life sometimes has the habit of sending us unavoidable obstacles. You may miss your goal from time to time. The fact that you only managed to go to the gym two of the three times you wanted to during your week. Whether you’re eating chips instead of an apple, a calm evening with friends ends up being more of a drinking party than you intended. Repeat this sentence with me: “THIS IS NOT A BIG DEAL.” Tomorrow is always there to get you back on track and, above all, do not let a misstep derail you. Bonus point! If you miss your resolutions with your accomplice, you can get back on track together.
8. Drink More Water!
The best resolution to make immediately is to drink more water in 2018. So, buy yourself a nice bottle or use the one you already have in your cupboard, and set yourself a goal of drinking your three litres (for women) or your four litres (for men) a day. It will already be a big step to beautifully begin your year!
Gabrielle Coulter is both a choreographer and a healing educator across various forms of movement. She has been actively involved in the fitness industry for about fifteen years. Her curriculum includes contemporary dance, yoga fusion, YogaJam, GROOVE, and movement therapy for physical and emotional rehabilitation.
Passionate about health and well-being, Gabrielle recently contributed to the emergence of a dance and yoga community in Gaspé. She has been in charge of various philanthropic projects, including fundraisers for L’Aid-Elle, Accueil Blanche Goulet and 60milliondefilles.org, a non-profit organization based in Montreal bringing education to girls and young women in economically disadvantaged places.
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