It’s hard to imagine that just a few short months ago we were ringing in the New Year and making resolutions, declaring that this would be the year we would commit to getting more sleep, manage stress better and learn to relax. So with a third of the year behind you, how are you doing with your resolution?
If you are like most people, your promise to succeed has probably fallen by the wayside, possibly because your resolution was too vague, or maybe you just lost motivation along the way. The good news is: It’s not to late to recommit to your resolution and, perhaps with some minor adjustments and quick tips like slipping a massage mat under you while reading, or no caffeine after 5 p.m., you can achieve your goals of having more peace, getting more sleep, and relaxing.
Here are some tips to help reset and reignite your commitment to making your resolution work for you for the rest of this year:
Whether it’s your spouse or your best friend, when you tell someone what you are trying to achieve, it not only makes it more difficult for you to quit, you may find a kindred spirit who has the same resolutions, and you can work on them together.
If you want to be less stressed about your resolution to be less stressed, initiate behaviors that are not overwhelming. Commit to anything that finds you inner peace, like taking a yoga class once a week, or meditating for five minutes a day, or whatever else you like that can be done in a realistic amount of time.
Go easy on yourself
This is so, particularly if your resolution is to get more sleep, relax, and be less stressed. You are human, which means you will mess up on your commitment, but, remember, every day is a new opportunity to start again. At the end of the day, if you realized you did nothing toward your resolution, set aside two minutes of contemplation and breathe deeply; simple tricks like that will keep you on track and help keep you from admonishing yourself.
Many of us fail at our resolutions because they are too unattainable. Promising to go to the gym every day for two hours a day, or flying to Costa Rica for a retreat for a week sound wonderful, but will probably not be achieved, so break down your goals into smaller, yet effective and reasonable benchmarks.
It’s not too late. Instead of thinking that a third of the year is gone, look at it like you still have eight months left to accomplish your goal of getting better sleep, relaxing, and being stress free.
So, starting now, plan a walk at lunch, create a bedtime ritual that winds you down at the end of the day, keep a journal, or try something new like the Pranamat ECO, which in as little as 15 minutes can help reenergize your mind, body, and soul.
The Pranamat ECO is a therapeutic manual massage mat that will reenergize and restore you and, before you know it, you will easily be keeping your New Year’s resolution all year long.