Around 8.4 million Brits will break their New Years Resolutions this Sunday. 16% of the public make the same resolutions every year and never stick to them. Added to this, around a seventh of the country (14%) admit to making unrealistic resolutions. The top 10 are shown to be:
It is clear that whilst people have good intentions when it comes to improving their health and wellbeing, most of us Brits need to work on making our goals smarter and more attainable in order for us to succeed with them. Repeatedly setting out of reach or unsustainable goals can leave us worse off than when we started, both in terms of our health and our confidence. Making easy diet and lifestyle changes, such as introducing a drink of Bio-tiful Kefir every day, can help to make positive differences to long-term health and nutrition.
Our top tips for thinking small for big changes.
Before you resolve, audit your lifestyle. Work out what you do well and what you could improve in terms of achieving balance. Keep a diary for a week; look at your food, exercise, alcohol and mood through that time to work out the best thing to focus on.
Think about whether the change youd like to make is both important to you and how confident you feel in achieving it. Mark both out of 10 and if either score is below 6, have a think about why. If something isn’t important because of bigger priorities, you are unlikely to stick to it!
Be realistic and specific when setting yourself a goal. Don’t make it vague or long-term, think about the next 4 weeks and what you can achieve in that time. For instance, if your aim is to get fit, your short-term goal might be to take a walk for 15 minutes 3 times a week in your lunch break.
Avoid the fads and quick fixes. You can spot them because they make big claims and usually involve cutting out whole food groups or other drastic steps. These aren’t generally based on sound science, aren’t necessary and could actually place your health at risk.
Go for small changes and take baby steps. For example, in order to improve your gut health, aim to add a glass of Bio-tiful Kefir to your breakfast every day. Changes don’t have to be hard to make a difference.
If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again. Dont let slips, blips or even a complete blow out spell the end of your efforts. Lapses are a completely normal part of changing habits, its the way you respond to that lapse that matters. Take stock, reflect and get right back on track – don’t wait for Monday. The longer you leave it, the less chance you’ll have of going back.