Sticking to wellness goals often goes quite well for the first few weeks of a new year. But it’s also equally common to start feeling less motivated as February gets underway. Take this proactive approach for staying on track over the weeks ahead:
- Remember that food affects mood. So avoid the trap of emotional eating as a short-term distraction from boredom, sadness and stress.
- Challenge yourself to make a new recipe each week. I personally like finding new breakfast or brunch foods to test out. (Sweet potato toast is one currently on my “must try” list.)
- See if you can commit to 15 minutes of active movement time daily for five to seven days in a row. Once you’ve done that for two weeks, bump up the time frame to 20 minutes. Then gradually keep adding five minutes every two to three weeks, until you get past the 30-minute mark. And if you miss a day, no biggie! Simply start back over from the beginning. The real objective is training yourself to be consistent in regard to how, and when, you exercise by encouraging you to find activities that actually work in your normal schedule — making it more likely that you’ll stick with a new routine long-term.
Focusing on the parts of the wellness journey you most enjoy is a much more effective — and positive — outlook rather than solely dwelling on how far you still have to go. And be proud of yourself for not giving up on the resolutions you set at the beginning of this year. I’ll be sending you a virtual “high five” too.
Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!