The new year is upon us and many of us take this time of transition to evaluate our lives and set goals for ourselves. We may start with the best intentions to correct bad habits and get healthy, but its often hard to stay on track. Here are a few tricks that can help you stick to your plan: 1. Be realistic. Set small, attainable goals and stick with them. A few small successes will lead to bigger, more dramatic ones. 2. Everyday is Monday. Don’t wait for Monday to start over. If you find yourself cheating on your promises to yourself, stop…take a deep breath and start over in a few minutes. 3. Reward yourself in two week or one month increments. Don’t Beat Yourself Up. Negative thought patterns contribute to failure, not success. If you make one healthy decision and five bad ones…focus on the one good decision. 4. Keep a Journal of your progress. Carry a small journal with you to jot down your goals and feelings. Having an outlet for your emotions and motivations may stop you from making bad choices and help you regain perspective. 5. Make it fun! Get others involved or find like-minded people working toward the same goal. Keep motivated with a partner. 6. Be Patient! Be patient with yourself, be patient with others. 7. Be grateful that you have the opportunity to do this. 8. Make your goal a lifestyle change, not just a means to an end. 9. Get a Massage. Okay. I admit it. It’s a shameless plug, but it’s true. Getting a massage is an easy way to get healthy and start feeling better about yourself. I always say, its amazing how much we do for other people and how little we do for ourselves. Committing to give yourself an hour of healing, relaxation, and stress reduction is a good first step. A better feeling body equals a better feeling mind.
With that, I hope you have a healthy and happy New Year. Lots of love from Massage Williamsburg!