06 Jul Sessions with Nurse Lucy: My mid-year resolution
It’s a new beginning for us all and a chance to redeem our health pledge from January. As the end of June signifies the beginning of the second half of the year; July presents us the opportunity to have 6 months remaining to make good on those January resolutions.
What is/are your resolution(s) for 2018? How close have you come to accomplishing them? Or how far away have you deviated? Did you get too busy? Frustrated? Forgetful? Or just too reluctant?
Not to worry, just like most of us, you already have one goal at least to achieve for yourself in 2018, although it’s the beginning of the half of 2018 and it’s guaranteed that majority of previous resolutions were probably broken in weeks, days, or even hours. Turn a new leaf in the remaining half of 2018 and make a pledge for better health. Here’s some good news dear Readers on average, less than 50% of New year’s resolutions are still kept six months into the year; but here are a few things you can do to increase your chances of keeping to your goals.
According to the time management firm Franklin Covey, one third of resolutions don’t make it past the end of January and several Issues or conditions can disrupt your resolution goals but first take few minutes to ask yourself these questions and you will be on your way to achieving success in any resolution you’ve made or about to make:
- Do you make a resolution based on other people believe or thought about your condition or habit. Your resolution should be personal and feasible
- Do not make a vague resolution
- Do not make a resolution if there is no realistic plans to achieve your resolution
- Be specific with your resolution, so that achieving your goal will be more effective
- Your resolution is it measurable? as this will reinforce the progress, no matter what your resolution maybe.
- Is it achievable? Because trying to take too big a step too fast can leave you frustrated or affect other areas of your life to the point that your resolution takes over your life.
- Does your resolution really matter to you? Are u making it for the right reasons? Is it out of self-hate or remorse? According to Dr Michael Bennett, a Psychiatrist and co-author of two self-help books; if you do it out of the sense of self hate or remorse or a strong passion in that moment, it doesn’t usually last long.
- What’s your time frame? It should be realistic that means giving yourself enough time to do it with lots of smaller intermediate goals set up along the way. According to Charles Duhigg, author of “The Power of Habit”; “if you’re building a habit, your planning for the next decade, not the next couple of months”.
With these in mind, achieving your resolution for the remaining half of this year is a sure success. Now here’s a resolution worthy of commitment: how does feeling more energized, vibrant, strong and healthy sound? Sounds like the right resolution to me. If there’s nothing to motivate you to keep your resolution, your health pledge should be one of your top priorities with simple personalized declaration or affirmations like –
“My health is important for my own life, my success, my happiness and meaningful living. My being healthy is also as well important for my family and my loved ones” said Dr Seal Sanghavi. As for making life changing pledges, please personalize this pledge below to make it yours:-
- I Make good health a priority in my life
- I will neither be too anxious nor too casual about my health
- I will have a positive lifestyle and organize my life accordingly
- Today I will do all that is needed in a balanced manner to take curative and preventive measures for my healthy mind, healthy emotions and healthy body
- I will continue to create and maintain a healthy environment around myself
- I will learn to prevent and manage stress.
With these few steps on making resolution and seeing to its successful achievement, I hope you’ll turn a new leaf today and follow through with your resolution in the remaining half this year.
Sports Medicine Trainer at KTC