2018 is getting into full swing, and now is a great time to check on how you’re doing with your new year’s resolutions. Are you struggling to keep with them? Perhaps you’ve completely fallen off the wagon. Not to worry; there are a few tips you can follow to regain your motivation and stick with those resolutions faithfully.
Find an Accountability Buddy
It’s difficult to stick to any kind of lifestyle change if you’re doing it alone. Consider finding someone else with a similar resolution as you, then work together to keep each other motivated. For example, if you’re trying to quit smoking, have a person you can call or text for encouragement anytime you’re feeling the urge to give in.
Set Small, Incremental Goals
Rather than having one huge goal, keep yourself encouraged by setting smaller, incremental goals. This will help you better appreciate the progress you’re making and make your ultimate goal feel less daunting.
Accept Imperfections and Setbacks
Stop trying to be perfect; missing one day at the gym doesn’t have to de-rail your entire week of healthy eating and exercise. Strive for success, but accept that there are going to be setbacks along the way. It’s part of the journey.
Reward Progress Wisely
Find responsible ways to reward your progress as a means of keeping yourself motivated. Lost 5 lbs? Rather than treating yourself to a “cheat meal,” why not take yourself shopping for a new pair of running shoes or some stylish workout gear?
Find Ways to Make it Fun
Sticking with any resolution is going to be near impossible if you don’t find ways to mix it up and keep it fun. For example, if you’re looking to exercise more this year, try out some different group fitness classes and individual workouts to keep things from getting too monotonous. You never know; you might even discover a new activity you love!
Following this advice can go a long way in helping your stick with your new year’s resolutions or hop back on that wagon, so give it a try!