Revisit Your New Year’s Resolution
Take a long, hard look at how you are doing. Are you hitting your goals? Making small steps forward, even if you have stumbled along the way? Have you given up? Do you need to make some tweaks now that you have received some feedback?
If you are hitting your goals or making small steps forward, excellent! Doesn’t it feel good? If you have given up, why? Did you find the goal or resolution you set really doesn’t fit your overall objective, therefore you’ve become unmotivated? Did you choose something that was too big, so maybe you need to make some adjustments to make it feel less daunting? Reevaluate. Just because you “gave up” or need to return to the drawing board, doesn’t mean you failed. It means you learned something new about yourself, and you can start back up from a different point of view.
Write down your goals. Your likelihood of achieving them increases to 42%. (1)
“Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.” – Victor Kiam
Drink More Water
It’s winter here in the northern hemisphere, and that means we have colder temperatures. When the temperatures dip, our desire to drink more water goes along with it. We aren’t sweating as much, so we tend to neglect our hydration. Try adding a cup of water to your daily intake, and each week, add another cup until your reach half your bodyweight in ounces. Plus, there are benefits to drinking more water; increased energy, weight loss, performance improvement, and adds more steps…ahem…increased trips to the bathroom.
Treat yourself to a fun water bottle. It’ll motivate you to carry it around, or keep it out, thus helping you drink more water. Or try drinking a cup of water 30 minutes before and after each meal. (2)
“Don’t forget to drink water and get some sun. You’re basically a houseplant with more complicated emotions.” – Unknown
It’s no surprise we are in the middle of a global pandemic, and with all the restrictions and rules, this can cause our mental state to deteriorate. Moving more throughout the day is great for your mental health because remaining sedentary may increase your risk of anxiety and depression. And it’s no surprise that exercising regularly helps improve your mood. Those endorphins are the real deal! (3)
Set a reminder to get up and walk around every hour. The Apple Watch has a Stand goal that encourages and prompts you to stand and each hour. If you’re stuck at a workstation, take a few minutes each hour to fidget and/or stretch. (4)
“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn, and you will.” – Vernon Howard
Some people neglect rest. This time of year is a busy season for many growers, meaning they are on their feet all day for many hours. Don’t forget to “take a load off” and have a seat every now and then. Take a few minutes longer when you eat, just to give your body some extra rest. Then you will be able to get back to it with more energy.
Find an area that creates peace and quiet and take a few minutes to rest and rejuvenate not only your body, but your mind as well.
“If you get tired, learn to rest, not quit.” – Unknown