It is that time again: a time for new beginnings, turning a new leaf and starting a new chapter. New Year serves as a good marker to start something new or different, and hopefully also the beginning of a better you.
So why is it that many of us, perhaps most of us, fall off the proverbial wagon, and fall into old unhealthy habits?
They say that old habits die hard and it is likely human nature to default to things that are less work and generally make us feel good, at least temporarily, and this temporary pleasure is often not worth it in the end.
We cannot assume a passive role in our heath care. We must take a proactive role. A little bit of effort does go a long way. It is important to realize that when we make changes for the better, we must welcome these changes as they should become part of our lifestyle.
To help us put things into perspective, we should ask ourselves questions like:
How would I like to feel?
How would I like to see myself?
Would I like to be around and in good health for a long time?
Then create goals to match your responses. Be clear about your goals, share then with loved ones to create accountability, write them down and review them daily.
Finally, it is important to keep in mind that a healthy change this does not mean that we can’t enjoy life. I recommend trying an 80:20 rule to live by, meaning that if you can be ‘good’ about your health and lifestyle 80% of the time and indulge a little 20% of the time.
Have a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!