It’s that time of year again! If you’re making New Year’s resolutions, don’t be one of the vast majority that fails to keep them. Rather than lofty resolutions, it’s better to aim for lifestyle changes.
How do you make changes in your life? It’s not as hard as you think!
Keep reading for five tips to make lifestyle changes with which you can stick!
- Start With Nutrition Not Dieting
Are you interested in losing weight and reshaping your body? Research shows that diets don’t work. Most people who follow fad or strict diets regain the weight plus some.
Start with understanding nutrition and make incremental changes. Reduce sugar and processed carbs while adding more whole foods like vegetables and fruits.
Pay attention to portion sizes. An easy change is to substitute salad-size plates for dinner plates. Your plate appears fuller, and that gives your brain a visual cue that you’re eating enough.
Make sure the bulk of your plate is vegetables and protein. Over time, you’ll slim down without working that hard. Proper nutrition fuels your brain and contributes to good physical and mental health.
- Exercise More
A sedentary lifestyle is harmful to more than your physical health. It also has a negative impact on mental health.
A gym membership isn’t necessary. Reduce screen time wherever possible, and make exercise a habit. Don’t underestimate the positive health benefits of walking.
- Identify Your Goals
Once you’ve identified your goals, it’s easier to take positive steps toward achieving them. Don’t take on too many goals at one time.
Aim for small changes that add up over time. Are you struggling with identifying your goals? A life coach can help you narrow your focus as well as help you make changes in your life.
Are you wondering, what is a life coach? It’s a person who helps you through both real and self-imagined obstacles so you can live the life you want.
- Surround Yourself With Like-Minded People
You need a good support network to achieve your goals. Sometimes certain friendships hold you back. Some people who call themselves friends are more interested in sabotaging your progress than supporting it.
It doesn’t mean you need to ditch all your friends, but you should seek out like-minded people striving to reach their goals. You need supportive friends who don’t suck all your time and energy.
- Stop Analysis Paralysis
Over-analyzing every little thing is often a way to avoid taking positive steps. You’ll never have all the information. Don’t let that stop you from making plans and taking steps.
Make the best decision you can with the information you have and move forward with your plans to achieve your goals.
You Can Make Changes in Your Life
You can make changes in your life without worrying about New Year’s resolutions. Take small steps and make small changes. Over time, these changes add up to the life you want.
Start with a good exercise and nutrition plan. A healthy, happy person is better at making life changes. Identify your goals, surround yourself with like-minded people, and stop over-analyzing everything.
You’ve got this! If you’re interested in self-improvement, read more on the blog.