New Years Resolutions
Ritual is a powerful, if sometimes invisible, force in our lives. We honor the winter season with gifts, rich foods and warming spirits. We engage in these rituals to create connection, share love and show appreciation. Traditions surrounding the darkest day on winter solstice, various secular and religious holidays, the end of the year, and the following rebirth are rich and over-lapping. Through it all, we celebrate the abundance of the prior year and offer thanks for the love of friends and family. New Years Resolutions are the final December ritual that can help guide us into a new year full of promise. New Years Resolutions help us rebalance after a season of abundance and ofter overconsumption. Resolutions can guide us to create discipline and to commit to our health.
Leverage New Year’s Resolutions for Health
- Start by making a list of health goals. Begin by dreaming of how your health could be. Don’t limit your vision in this stage.
- Make a list of both subjective and objective goals. Better sleep, more energy, and improved mood are examples of subjective goals. Examples of objective goals are: weight loss, lower blood pressure, and improved exercise performance. Be as specific with your goals as you can.
- Make a plan to reach your goals. This should include a time-line and some measurable outcomes.
- Gather your support team. We are communal creatures and do better when we are well supported. People on your team may include; your family, your close friends, your co-workers, and your health care providers. These are the people who can be both co-planners and cheer leaders for your health and vitality.
- Most importantly, create structure to optimize success. While you could do this on your own, a class, a support group or a buddy with similar goals will enhance your chance at success.
Make a Plan to Celebrate Your Success
New Years Resolutions take disciple to follow-through and accomplish. Most likely, you will need to say no to some temping things and say yes to some hard work. A big motivator will be meeting your health goal. However, a reward, a present, and/or some fun will further your momentum and strengthen your will. Choose something that is significant, but not something that counters your health goals. For example, if you want to decrease your consumption of sugar, don’t make your reward a sugary treat. Instead consider a fun activity such as a trip, a gathering, or a massage.
Make sure you thank your support team as you achieve your goals. The biggest gift you can give them is your success. Let them know how you are doing and acknowledge the importance of their support. Be creative with your appreciation. Throw a party, plan an outing, or create a video. This is a rich opportunity for inventiveness, think outside the box. In essence you are creating ritual. Ritual will bring your New Years Resolution full circle, consequently making your commitment to self in the new year more meaningful.