2018: New Year, New You? Or is the old you perfectly good?
Happy New Year!
I’m not usually one for setting resolutions when the New Year rolls in as I know from my own experience, and that of others, that come February (give or take a month or two depending on how determined you are to stick to them) they are long forgotten. However, when you look at the evidence for goal setting there is a wealth of it available and I’m pleased to say that when done properly goal setting actually works!
2017 was a big year for me with the birth of my son, and adapting to the changes that motherhood inevitably brings to life has been exhilarating but somewhat challenging. I hate to admit it but I was one of those women who thought that a baby would just fit around you and life would continue as before. You know, you take the baby to your friend’s wine and cheese night and the baby sleeps peacefully in the corner, or you fit in the gym in the morning whilst your husband looks after the baby, you go on beach holidays and your baby just plays happily in the sand – hahahaha! How wrong can you be?! The sleepless nights still continue 10 months in, I’m far too tired to even consider the gym in the morning, and the idea of going to a sandy beach brings me out in sweats. But despite this I wouldn’t change a thing… well, apart from perhaps a couple of tweaks here and there which brings me on to my New Years Resolutions for 2018.
- Take at least 5 minutes of ‘me time’ every day – Sitting in the garden with a quick cuppa for a bit of fresh air and a dose of Vitamin D (you only synthesise Vitamin D from sunlight between April and September in the UK but the fresh air will do you good no matter what time of year it is), a couple of pages from your favourite book or magazine (this might help me to achieve resolution number 2!), a brisk walk round the block, some mindful meditation, or perhaps even a warm shower.
- Read more – I have a mountain of books queuing up to be read. Sometimes I wish the knowledge could just be implanted into my head as finding the time to read is almost impossible at the moment but I challenge myself to complete a book every 2 months. I’m going to look into audiobooks as a way of getting through a few more pages on the odd occasion when the baby is asleep in the car.
- Get back into running – I’ve never been a big runner. I always love the idea of running and feel a great sense of achievement when I finish a run, but finding the motivation to leave the house (especially when it’s cold outside and chucking it down with rain) is always a challenge, therefore I’m going to start small and aim for a minimum of 1 run a week. This is very achievable and means I won’t feel demotivated when I haven’t stuck to a goal that is unrealistic.I went along to my first Parkrun (Link: https://www.parkrun.com/) on Saturday and the atmosphere was great. If you haven’t heard of Parkrun before then check out the ‘about’ page on their website here (Link: https://www.parkrun.com/about/). You don’t have to be fit or a regular runner to take part, it’s all about inclusiveness and wellbeing so why not find out where your local Parkrun is and pop along to see what all the fuss is about. They are on every Saturday come rain or shine – I was absolutely caked in mud after the run last weekend!
Setting your own goals
Did you set your own New Years resolutions? Let me know in the comments section below. If you didn’t, but perhaps think you might want to then it’s not too late to set some goals of your own. Use the formula below to help you set goals that you can stick to. Rather than setting a fluffy, non-specific goal such as ‘read more’ like resolution 2 above, setting SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time bound) goals such as ‘complete a book every 2 months’ gives structure and allows you to track your progress.
Or perhaps you’re still nursing a sore head after a big New Years Eve and all this talk of goal setting is too much to take on board just yet? In which case check out my post on dealing with hangovers. I can’t promise a magic cure but perhaps a few pointers for preparing for big nights out in the future.