Happy 2014! Can you believe we’re already at the halfway point of the first month of a brand new year? It feels like just yesterday that I was huddled up with my family (I’m sure you were too!) watching the giant ball drop in Times Square, heralding in a fresh start and a new dawn for another 365 days ahead.
The two-week marker is always a great time to look back on successes achieved since January 1st, especially in the way of accomplishing your New Year’s Resolutions. At this point, you might have had a chance to get a jumpstart on yours, but, if not, then now is the perfect time to start — there are still plenty of weeks (about 50, to be exact) left on the 2014 calendar to take action before the next New Year’s celebration rolls around!
If you’re like me, you start off the New Year with a Resolutions bang. They come flooding in, and you make a laundry list of all of the objectives you want to see through, whether they be getting straight A’s in school or starting each morning with a workout or making new friends. But, somewhere along the line (usually within the first 72 hours of the New Year), you slip up and breach your personal contract with yourself on at least one Resolution account. So what do you do? Do you cross that Resolution off your list because you made an error and violated your agreement to alter a behavior or practice a new skill?
Of course not! Making mistakes is part of the natural process of growth and hard work which goes into achieving your Resolutions, or really any commitment or long-term effort, for that matter. Forgive yourself, see if there’s anything you can learn or draw from the experience, and then press the Reset button and start over again. This process can happen dozens of times, but with each iteration, you’ll be getting one step closer to rewiring your circuitry and embedding in new de facto, knee-jerk behaviors, thoughts, and choices which can make sweeping, fundamental changes to those elements of your personality or lifestyle you want to improve or enhance… for the better.
When it comes to health, the New Year is an amazing opportunity to integrate fresh habits that can lead to some profound benefits to your wellness. These don’t just have to be pledges to do cardio exercise for an hour a day (though that would definitely be beneficial to almost anyone!). They can be vows to cut down on stress, better your mental health, or set aside a little time each day to focus on yourself. For the sake of showing you what I mean, here are three of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2014:
- Enhance my daily workouts with at least ten minutes of all-new circuit routines everyday (this is a lofty one — lots of gym-centric creativity required! — but so far I’m still on track!)
- Build time into my schedule everyday to do one thing (doesn’t have to be a big deal in scope or time) just for fun… Whether it’s watching a favorite TV show, cooking a delicious recipe, calling up a friend, going to see a movie, or planning a great vacation, I’m planning to set aside a little time each day — half an hour or so — to let off some steam, release some stress, and just focus on having a good time while keeping busy with a task or hobby that’s pure recreation.
- Go to bed an hour earlier each night. Sleep is essential and here on KewlBites I’ve shared just how important it is, but checking in from time to time to see if we’re really making it a priority is crucial in the effort to get enough rest everyday, which is vital for physical and mental health and being able to function at an optimal level. In my case, I’d like to experiment with turning out the lights and getting into bed an hour earlier each night, just to get a taste of how it affects me. I’ll keep you posted on the verdict in a few weeks!
See? Resolutions don’t have to be complex, and they don’t even have to be about altering every facet of your life you want to knock down and rebuild from scratch. It’s usually the minor ones that we stick to best, and which empower us, through feelings of success and accomplishment, to set even bigger goals and more meaningful horizons for ourselves.
So here’s to your New Year’s Resolutions! Even if you didn’t make any two weeks ago, now is the time. Send me an email on our Contact page to let me know how your New Year’s Resolution campaign is going, and which ones made their way onto your list for 2014.