Happy February!!! Now that the first month of 2018 has passed, how are those resolutions holding up? If you’re like most of us, you’ve probably encountered a few bumps on your journey down Resolution Road since January 1st. So we decided to re-evaluate our goals and embrace more sustainable resolutions that will make the most long-term impact. Here’s what we are trying:
Perhaps that over-ambitious resolution needs a reality check? A realistic edit to your goals might actually be helpful, even if it means pushing your deadline back by a few months! There is value in not being too hard on yourself, especially when we all know life isn’t ideal. How else would we learn and grow as people? Take the long view, and soon you’ll be celebrating your achievements. All you have to do is slow down, stay focused, and keep it real.
Start a diary OR a to-do list! Even a single task well done counts. With your morning coffee or tea, identify the most important task of the day, write it at the top of the page, and then strike it off when it is completed. Choose something more special like one of our BAHI Books, so that you look forward to this personalized ritual. That’s it. Just focusing on one thing makes prioritizing easier, which will echo throughout your life.
OPTIMIZING EXISTING HABITS
We really like this one, because it means you get to recognize and build on all the good things you do already. It could mean eating cleaner than you already are by reducing quantities or being even more conscious of ingredients. No drastic changes; no cold turkey. Just a long term lifestyle change that happens nice and slow. It could also mean sleeping better. Improving sleep hygiene (yes, that’s a real thing) helps kick start weight loss and energy levels, and it is easier than you think. A relaxing environment, embracing the dark, and shutting off our screens are the three most important ingredients. Burning a stick of incense or lighting a GILAAS candle (never leaving it unattended, of course) purifies the air and encourages us to relax as we wind down the day. But above all else – turn off that screen at least 1/2 an hour before bed. No excuses.
Think Small. A lot has been said about how powerful micro-changes can be and we couldn’t agree more. If you’re finding it challenging to keep that daily half hour meditation practice going, shrink it! Do a daily five minute meditation instead. Once that’s become a habit, see how ten minutes works. If it doesn’t work out, go back to five. The incremental benefits will add up. Same goes for exercise. Also ,use that extra downtime to work on simpler but equally important things like balance or just stretching your muscles. How? Do it while the adverts are on the TV or while waiting for that kettle to boil.
The year is still young and we are optimistic that your resolutions can still be kept. Making them realistic and achievable is what matters. Find what supports your goals and fits your life – true sustainability – is the key. The stress isn’t worth it anyway!