‘Find a new activity I love’ instead of ‘Lose a stone’
Losing a stone is a resolution classic, yet little of us manage to achieve it. Firstly, never repeat a resolution because it will almost always lead to failure. If you have already tried and failed something you will usually be setting yourself up for a disappointment. If you can’t do something it is usually for a reason so try a new approach. Finding a new activity that you love could also help you to loose the weight you want to but in the event that it doesn’t you have still achieved something positive. Try something exciting like belly dancing lessons or self denfence. Throwing yourself at a new activity will do wonders for your confidence.
‘‘Get the support I need in order to stop smoking’ instead of Give up smoking’
Careful planning of a resolution means your are more likely to stick to it. This includes smoking. You have a far higher chance of success if ou use a different approach to the one you tried and failed with. Set your quit date with a friend and visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree. You can sign up for the free Together Programme and choose to be supported via regular mail packs, texts, emails or phone calls. If you’d prefer to attend a local group, there are 150 NHS Stop Smoking services in leisure centres, doctors’ surgeries and high-street chemists throughout the UK, or you can call the helpline on 0800 022 4332.
‘Save for something special’ instead of ‘Sort out my finances’
The word finance is terrifying and you will only become confused and annoyed if you attempt to sort out everything. A better option is to set yourself a positive goal such as saving for a new T.V or a weekend away somewhere. You could even set yourself mini goals like saving £100 which you could have frittered away and be sure to reward yourself each time you achieve something.
‘Change one thing’ instead of ‘Be more organised’
Firstly identify the bad habit and then set up a system to tackle it. Think small easy and specific and give yourself a little reward as the thought of this will keep you motivated.
‘Make one small lifestyle change’ instead of ‘Be healthier’
If you don’t specify certain things then they will not be attainable. ‘Be healthy’ doesn’t actually mean anything. Instead try something like I will swim for an hour on Monday and an hour on Saturday. Or even, I will take a healthy packed lunch to work.