The Secret to Keeping Your Wellness Resolutions

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The beginning of a new year is the perfect time for self-reflection, but let’s shift the narrative from self-criticism to one of self-improvement. Instead of making resolutions based on perceived flaws, let’s embark on a journey of self-enhancement with excitement and love for personal growth.

Remember, the beginning of the year is just a marker on the calendar; you have the freedom to pursue positive change whenever you feel ready. Some people prefer to use their birthday as the start of new goals. But any day you’re ready for change is a good day! Just remember to approach your goals or resolutions from a place of self-love.

Here are five tips to help make your wellness goals stick:

1. Start Small, Focus on One Goal: Instead of overwhelming yourself with numerous resolutions, start small. Concentrate on one goal at a time, and break it down into smaller, achievable goals. You may be excited and want to make ten resolutions this year – start a new hobby, finish your dissertation, lose 15 pounds – but you’re more likely to be successful if you narrow your focus.

2. Positive Affirmations for Self-Love: When you face yourself in the mirror, speak kindly. Look yourself in the eye and say “I believe in you, no matter what,” or any other message that feels right. Building positivity and self-love can help us fulfill our resolutions because when we believe in ourselves, it motivates us to take action. Building self-love and positivity can fuel your motivation, making it easier to overcome setbacks. Confidence and resilience go hand in hand, and believing in yourself is a powerful motivator.

3. Plan and Reflect: Once you’re sure what you want to do, get out a pen and make a plan. A written plan provides clarity and direction. Regularly reflect on what’s working and what challenges you’re facing, adjusting your approach accordingly. People who write down their goals are 42% more likely to accomplish them, according to a recent study.[1]

4. Habit Stacking for Success: Break down your resolution into manageable, daily actions using habit stacking – aligning a new habit with an existing one. For example, if your resolution is to prioritize fitness, an example of habit stacking could be to do fifteen pushups after you brush your teeth in the morning. Once pushups become a daily ritual, you can follow the action with another fitness habit.

5. Build a Support System: Talk to family and friends about your resolution. They can keep you accountable and offer encouragement. Most importantly, create an intrinsic system for supporting yourself because you will experience setbacks and obstacles while working toward your resolution. While feeling motivated, brainstorm a self-care routine that can keep you in a healthy state of mind, ready to conquer the day.

Bonus Tip: Truvaga can be a quick and easy part of that positive, energy-building routine. In just minutes daily, Truvaga taps into the power of the vagus nerve to promote long-term feelings of calm and relaxation, leaving you with a positive outlook and ready to achieve your goals.