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Still working on your New Year's Resolutions?

So here we are on our way to the end of January. If you made any New Year’s Resolutions, how are they going now?

New year’s resolutions have become such a cliché. Let’s start the new year by changing everything about ourselves on 1st January, when incidentally many people will be the worse for the party the night before, or just tired from staying up until midnight - way past their usual bedtime.

And because they are a cliche there is often little or no real intention behind them. A good resolution and a long-lasting change requires a strong intention and a real desire to make a change. Ask yourself: did you have a strong intention and a real desire to start going to the gym this month? Really, did you?

If your answer is no, it’s ok, don’t start beating yourself up or feeling guilty. These are wasted emotions. Instead give yourself 10 minutes quiet time, maybe with a cuppa, and ask yourself what really is your intention and passion for the year? And keep it simple. For example, I want to be healthier than I am now. I want to exercise more than I do now. I want to stop stressing about stuff.

One of the things I will do this year is get more exercise outdoors walking/running (although to be fair it’s more walking than running, but that’s ok) and I’ve decided I’ll start doing that regularly in March. The days will be longer and hopefully there will be more daylight. I still do exercise in January/February but it’s sporadic and depends on the weather. Once the weather is better in March, I have no excuse.

So if you haven’t followed through on your new year’s resolutions then let them go. Start again with something realistic that you do with intention. When you have a strong intention, anytime is a good time to make a resolution.

Ruth Richards