Are You Counting Down to a New You in 2019?

New Year, New You?

Where has the year gone? Now is a time of festivity and family; rest and relaxation. But it’s also the perfect time to take stock on the year that’s gone – to reflect on successes and failures, the good and the ‘could to better’.

No matter how 2018 panned out for you, 2019 can be better. 

Perhaps you have plans to travel in 2019? Or is your ambition to land your dream job? Maybe you’d like to start a family? 

Ultimately, achieving any of your future plans hinges on your own personal wellbeing. 

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New Year, New You?

Be SMART with Your New Years Resolutions

Have you been neglecting your personal wellbeing this year? Could your life be improved by making your physical and mental health higher on your list of priorities? In fact, the reality is that there is NOTHING more important than your own wellbeing; without this, we can’t help others. We can’t be the person that we need to be for our families and friends. We can’t function properly. We miss out on the richness of life.

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Now – right now – is the perfect time to commit to change. But it is so important to fully and carefully consider your resolution first.

It’s easy to get carried away and caught up in the excitement of making changes to our lives. We may therefore attempt to commit to radical and drastic diets or health regimes. But in reality, this can lead to disappointment and disillusionment. Just think how many new gym memberships are abandoned by the end of January. Instead, small, incremental changes can set you on the right road to long-term benefits.

Kickstart your Health and Wellbeing Journey in 2019

Our SMART guide to a happy and healthy new year…

SMART Goals
SMART Goals

Are your lifestyle changes…?

Specific: A massive lifestyle overhaul is rarely a good idea, and can often do more harm than good – to both your physical and mental health. In fact, rapid, radical change can be dangerous. Instead, focus on changing a few specific aspects of your life gradually. Seek professional advice if you are unsure as to where your focus should be, or how you should go about it.

Measurable: Monitor and record your progress regularly. Depending on your goal, this should usually be done on a daily or weekly basis. Many smartphone apps are available for this purpose. Keeping an eye on your progress will act to motivate you, but don’t get discouraged if you’re not making gains as quickly as you’d like; you may simply need to adjust your short-term targets. Get friends or family members to hold you to account!

Attainable: Do your research before setting your goals. Are you setting yourself up for failure and disappointment? Ensure your goals are realistic and in line with your current situation.

Relevant: What impact will making the change(s) have on your life? How will it enhance your wellbeing? Perhaps you constantly feel tired and lethargic – it affects your relationships, your work – indeed your very existence. Making changes to your lifestyle to help you feel more energised would clearly improve your whole life – and in turn positively influence other aspects of your wellbeing too.

Time Based: Set yourself a long-term end goal, and divide that into appropriate milestones. Put it all in writing. From this, you may wish to make even smaller short-term goals to help keep you motivated. Keep the long-term goal in sight and in mind at all times, and use the short-term goals to leverage a successful outcome!

2019 – The Year YOUR Wellbeing Became a Priority?

2019 – The Year YOUR Wellbeing Became a Priority?

There you have it – our SMART guide towards wellbeing in 2019. 

Don’t put off making your commitments or pin hopes in the future; make a conscious decision NOW to work towards a happier and healthier life in the new year.

So, will you look back on 2019 as the year that you made your physical and mental health a top priority?

What will your new years resolutions be? What are your tips for sticking to them?

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2019 – The Year YOUR Wellbeing Became a Priority?

Wishing you all a Very Happy and Healthy 2019!