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Positive planning instead of New Year’s resolutions

Positive planning instead of New Year’s resolutions

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? This year consider a different approach by making positive plans. ‘I want to’ plans are much easier to achieve that ‘I will not do x, y or z’ restrictive resolutions. For example, instead of saying ‘I will not eat chocolate or drink alcohol for 3 months and diet to lose 2 stone’ try ‘I want to learn to eat more healthily such that I am happier with my body image and have more energy’. This feels more productive as positive thoughts trigger hormones and chemicals which make you feel happier. Also importantly ‘banned items’ immediately become of higher value and your brain focuses on these and desires what isn’t allowed!

Another common desire is the ‘get fit’ which often involves signing up to a year long gym contract. You go multiple times per week during January before petering out to a couple of visits in February and then may be one or two during the rest of the year! Instead how about joining a class where you learn more about your own body such that your movement improves reducing stresses and strains so that you have less aches and pains? Class such as Pilates, Alexander Technique or Yoga are all good at achieving this. Your improved confidence and energy can then be channelled into an activity which brings you (and possible also your family) enjoyment be it cycling, walking, a ball sport or gardening.

Secondly, to make permanent life-long changes to your behaviour requires some understanding of the drivers behind your habits you want to change. Often re-wiring of your thought processes significantly helps achievement of your goals and there are many ways to enable this.  For example, psychotherapy is an excellent therapy to assist in identifying and then modifying negative reactions to stressful situations. This is useful is the resolution of addictive behaviours including smoking and overeating.

Then once you have decided what it is you want to achieve, get help. This can include family, friends and professionals. There are experts in Nutritional Therapy to guide you to better health through eating well to Osteopaths who can help with skeleton and muscular caused issues like. So give yourself the best chance to succeed with positive plans and make a commitment to your wellbeing 

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