You can feel it in the air, along with the icy chill and the tinny sound of piped-in Christmas music – that creeping dread; the uncomfortable knowledge that soon it’ll be the New Year, and all those promises you’ll make to yourself will broken by the time you’re back at work.
There’s a reason for that, of course. And it’s not just about will-power. Often our worst mistake is to set the bar way too high – How many of us solemnly swear that that’s it, ‘No more chocolate. Ever. Ever. Ever.’ Only to crumble under the weight of all those left-over Quality Street and Cadbury’s Roses? Setting a future deadline is also a pretty unwise idea – our brains don’t work that way. It’s far better to just, y’know, do it. Not on January 1st, not even on Monday, or tomorrow (tomorrow is the day all diets start). Grab the horns of the bull and go for it, the very moment you decide you want to live a healthier life. They don’t have to be big changes, not at first; getting healthy takes time, and you can pace yourself so long as you’re committed.
Trade In the Terry’s
Hey, we all know how bad too much chocolate is. We’re reminded of that fact by government posters and dirty looks from trim, Lycra-clad runners. But instead of giving it up completely, why not start by trading in that occasional Terry’s Chocolate Orange for an actual orange. Fruit hits all the sweet spots chocolate does, and it’s healthier too. The man from Del Monte says YES!
Quit the Smokes
If you’re a smoker you’re forever reminded by others that you should really quit. In fact, if a smoker was halfway up a mountain, far from civilisation, having a crafty fag, someone would employ a sky-writer to tell them to give up. These days though, it’s easier than popping a patch on your arm. Companies like Plan b E-Cigarette specialise in offering electronic smokes which can reduce the craving of actual tobacco. Oh, and they can be refilled with tons of groovy flavours.
Walk, Don’t Talk
Ok, we’re all guilty of slouching about, not doing as much exercise as we can. But that doesn’t mean we have to immediately strap on the trainers. And the running vest. And the headband. Sure, you could run six miles, but even if you just take a brisk walk around the block, or a stroll to the shops instead of jumping in the car, it’s better than slumping on the couch watching Saturday night TV. Then again, most things are better than Saturday night TV.
By starting small, and gradually bettering your lifestyle, you can be sure that those changes will have more impact. After all, there’s no point in promising yourself to complete unfeasible or unrealistic goals – this way you’ll feel much better about yourself and your healthier lifestyle. So what are your New Year’s resolutions? What changes are you looking to make in 2015?