As we head into spring after the new year, many people find this is a great opportunity to make a fresh start.
Whether you want to try something new, give up old habits or take time for self-improvement here are some tips to help you spring into action and create the new you…
Where do I start?
Think about what will make things better for you personally. What changes can you make to improve your life-style or increase your self-esteem?
How can you improve your own happiness? How can this benefit your loved ones and those around you?
The more important it is to you, the more likely you are to keep motivated and succeed.
Remind yourself of the things you’d like to improve.
This may include quitting smoking, adopting a new fitness regime, spending more time with family, improving your diet or appearance or better supporting your mental health.
Choose one or two that you think will help you make changes you can feel the benefits from.
Pinches Medical and Wellbeing offer a variety of classes and events that provide support and education to help you in achieving your goals.
For example they are hosting ‘Mocktails Mixology’ on 8th February.
At this free event a guest speaker (Dr Konrad Koss) will help us understand more about the effects of alcohol on the body, and a mixologist will show us how to create amazing cocktails without using alcohol!
If you are looking to invest in your health and self-esteem, Pinches Medical and Wellbeing understands that looking good is a part of feeling good and making the most out of life.
They provide aesthetic services, which include anti-aging and rejuvenation treatments.
They also care about your health and wellbeing, so as well as general GP and nursing services Pinches Medical and Wellbeing has good links with the local private hospitals and providers of excellent physiotherapy and counselling services.
So, if you have any issues that you have not yet discussed with anyone now could be the perfect moment!
How do I make a plan that will work?
Set yourself reasonable, manageable goals. Choose milestones you would like to achieve along the way to success and specify times by when you would like to achieve them.
Start slow and steady and give yourself smaller targets to start with, which will give you the confidence to drive forward and build on them.
For example, if you plan to start to exercise after a long period without any training, make a plan that will ease your body in gently and slowly increase to the level you want to achieve.
Don’t try to take on too much at once. Make sure you write your plan down.
How do I keep on track?
Remember to strive for consistency and rather than fast results. Focus on the changes you make being the first stage of your new lifestyle.
Don’t feel like a failure if you miss a couple of targets, you can always change your plan if it no longer fits with your other long-term goals.
Aim to make changes you feel you could maintain for the long term.
For example, instead of completely cutting out of your diet everything you enjoy, you could try reducing processed sugars and increasing fruit and vegetables and allow yourself the odd treat.
Depending on what you want to achieve, it may be useful to seek help from other people to keep on track towards your targets.
For example, getting together with friends with the same aims can provide support for exercise regimes or giving up smoking.
Professional guidance can be important for a range of targets, from improving your golf swing to sorting out your tennis elbow or looking for ways to maintain your self-esteem.
What about when I feel like giving up?
Think of the benefits gained and sense of relief you could feel by letting go of old habits and building new ones.
Imagine yourself in a week, a month or a year and picture how your life might have changed. What progress will have been gained since making the changes you decided on?
A fun and competitive way to motivate yourself is by creating a ‘habit tracker’; a checklist of all the habits that you would like to set or break.
Each time you complete an item on the checklist, you are building momentum towards your goal.
A habit tracker can help you to keep going in the right direction until the time when it becomes second nature.
Whatever you strive to do to make the new you, make sure you give yourself the time and self-compassion to achieve it, and then spring into action!