It’s that time of the year when we all make resolutions and set goals that we want to achieve. Whether you’re mainly focused on improving finances, losing weight, or caring for your overall health, here are some things you can do to make this year better than the last. You can share these with your clients who struggle with change and help them regain their sense of balance.

Be Physically Active!

This doesn’t mean you must spend your whole day at the gym. It’s proven that there’s a link between physical and mental health, so it’s always a good idea to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle. Whether it’s lifting weights, playing a sport, or just going out for a nice walk, be sure to stay active.

Appreciate Yourself                              

Sure, setting up goals for yourself might give you some motivation, but it’s imperative that you don’t forget to enjoy the here and now. Thinking that you can only be happy by achieving your resolutions will result in missing out on many moments of happiness along the way, especially if you fail to meet your own short-term goals and expectations. You deserve to feel good about yourself right now, even as you work towards your resolutions.

Engage in Self-Care       

Before you can fully focus on your resolutions you must take care of your physical and mental health because if you don’t care for yourself, no one else will. You’ll feel too tired and unhappy, and unable to really make meaningful changes in your life. Give yourself some time, on a weekly basis, to care for your body and your thoughts. It may be difficult to find some time because there’s always something that feels like a priority, but you need to make time. You’ll be surprised by how much it improves your life.

Avoid Focusing on the Negative

While there are many resolutions that you’ve failed to achieve over the years, it’s unhealthy to focus on negative feelings and anxious thoughts. Instead, use that energy to work, exercise, or engage in challenging activities. Positive thinking and resilience are key factors for success. If you start to feel that your failures in meeting your resolutions are leading you down a path of self-loathing there are a few things you can do.

  • Get back up and don’t give up. Failures are just small setbacks that you can overcome
  • Make sure to set resolutions that are realistic and achievable
  • Have an idea of what you want to do ahead of time. Don’t wait until Dec 31st to come up with New Years resolutions
  • Motivate yourself by measuring small changes. This will make a big difference
  • Find ways to reward yourself