Happy New Year and Welcome to 2019!
This year doesn’t have to be about ‘New Year New Me’, or a list of New Year’s Resolutions, this just needs to be the beginning of a year where you make yourself a priority and follow through with the expectations you lay out for yourself.
Time and time again people sit down and right down a list of resolutions or goals to A. Never look at that list past January 5th, or B. Work your butt off through January 31st and then just settle back into your old habits come February 1.
Choose this year to CHOOSE YOU!
This may sound obvious but a lot of people get lost in the resolutions to make a change that they think is needed instead in their life and get overwhelmed by the expectations of their resolutions instead of making small changes that will end up making a big impact longterm. For example: ditch the Instagram/Facebook/Twitter scrolling first thing in the morning when you wake up so you can wake up with a clear mind and focus on the day ahead, make it a point to drink a glass of water when you first get out of bed, stretch, and start your day off the right way, cut out meat one day a week and help with your overall heath and help out the environment a little. Small things you can easily do that will end up changing your life completely.
Remember it takes 21-30 days to create a habit and the key is creating Habits not Restrictions. I saw that quote online, and unfortunately I can’t find who to credit for it. It is a great quote. You want to start making a habit of doing positive things in your life and limit the restrictions and use of negative reinforcement to make yourself accomplish your goals. Use this first month of 2019 to start building the foundation with your new habits that you then can build off of the make your life that much better.
Here is a free downloadable PDF to get you started on brainstorming your Healthy Habits for 2019. There are three different pages within the PDF.
First Page is a layout that I like to use. It shows you four different areas where Healthy Habits can be utilized: Life, Health, Fitness, and Career. Some may say that health and fitness can be the same thing, but I am looking at it from an overall health standpoint; mental health, nutrition, stretching, water intake, affirmations to yourself. Fitness can be looked at as just that, getting in the gym 5 times a week, trying a new boxing class or yoga class once a month, getting a gym partner. On this page I have given you an area to write down your ‘Accountability Statement’ this is a place to hold yourself accountable and HOW you plan on doing that. Are you going to check up on your habits weekly, monthly, semi-annually? Are you going to reward yourself positively if you succeed with your habits come July 1st when half of the year is over? This is a great place to put your plan into action. A plan is less likely to come to fruition if you don’t have an actionable way to track it.
Second page is a blank page in the same format as the first. This let’s you focus on the four different areas you want to focus on and then room for your own accountability statement or other words of encouragement for your self.
Third page is a blank page of the four different boxes just in case you want to have your plan within your habits. This gives you the room to really make it your own!