How are those New Year resolutions working out?
For many of us, the start of a New Year means a list of things to give up, things to take up or clearing the clutter from our homes and heads.
Did you choose a bunch of resolutions? How are they working out for you now, in the latter part of January?
Choosing your goals
Choosing resolutions can be a challenge but finding some ways of developing a positive mind-set can be a great start to a new year.
Changing the way we think about ourselves can be difficult.
We are often our own harshest critic, which leaves us feeling down about ourselves or a situation we might be in. Read self-talk for more.
Break them down
The biggest mistake most of us make when setting goals, is making them too broad or abstract. Then in most cases, we’re setting ourselves up to fail.
Check out the states of change for more on this.
Be kind to yourself
Learning to be kinder to ourselves is a great way to kick off the New Year. We can fall into the trap of looking at others and comparing ourselves to them.
Learning to see ourselves as individuals and celebrating our own skills can be hard work, but worth it.
Don’t beat yourself up
Beating ourselves up about even the tiniest mistake can leave us feeling anxious and unhappy.
Try and let go of any mistakes, the past is the past, but learn from them. We all make mistakes and learning to go easy on ourselves is the best way of ensuring we move on and do not repeat them again.
Letting go of things that have happened in the last year is also a great way of moving forward.
New year, new month, new start
A few tiny tweaks in the way we think can help us get the most out of 2016 and go into our lives with a positive mind-set.
If so far the new year hasn’t been so great, there’s always February. There is always a chance for a fresh start.