The New Year is approaching and along with it comes the sense of a fresh start. It is time to begin again with clear intentions and a renewed enthusiasm.
What are you wanting and what will it take to get there? What are you no longer willing to give time and energy to?
The New Year is a time of clearing out, recalibrating and fine-tuning the quality of life you know you deserve and are ready for.
So naturally, the topic of New Year’s resolutions bears mentioning.
Recently Parade released an article listing the Top Ten Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions.
Not surprisingly, the number one most popular resolution is to lose weight.
And although it sounds simple enough, the reason millions of Americans prioritize this resolution year after year is likely that they haven’t achieved it yet.
Because it’s not that simple…
In general, implementing a weight loss program is less effective than you might think and could quickly become discouraging.
“The problem,” says UC Davis physiologist and nutritionist Linda Bacon, “is that very few people can lose weight and keep it off. Diets not only fail to make us thinner, they also fail to make us healthier in the long term. The average dieter will lose 10 pounds or so, then slowly gain it back, plus an additional five pounds for good measure, much of it fat, and a slower metabolism and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.”
When January 1st rolls around we tend to get pumped about making changes but we also overlook the effort it takes to change old habits for the long term… and the inconveniences we’ll encounter along the way.
For instance, many people gain weight due to stress.
Cortisol, the stress hormone has been shown to increase appetite while decreasing metabolism. And we all know the New Year is not necessarily the most opportune time to de-stress.
If you are someone whose resolution is to lose weight in 2020, but your habit is to overeat when you’re stressed, it could be helpful to address the stress itself rather than start a bland and ineffective new fad diet that will leave you feeling “hangrier.”
But don’t worry. Your resolution may still come true. Thankfully, there are newfound ways to aid the process of weight loss without dieting.
Check out this article on Medical News Today on taking CBD for weight loss.
“Old habits die hard” For a Reason
Habits are formed through repetition. Like walking, driving or riding a bike, the more we practice something, the less we have to think about it while we do it. It starts to happen automatically.
This goes for our unhealthy patterns as well. They become patterns because we practice them over and over again until they’re basically as mindless as breathing.
Therefore, changing old habits can feel like learning a new language. It’s awkward, challenging and it takes more brainpower.
It’s normal to need some help and encouragement
We set goals in order to live happier healthier lives. But falling short of your goals can be discouraging and lead to being less proactive.
On this journey of reforming your lifestyle, a little support and encouragement can go a long way.
We’ve put together a simple list of ways that you can support yourself forming new habits and releasing old ones this year…
Shah’s Top Five Suggestions for Sticking to Your 2020 New Year’s Resolutions
1. Set Positive Goals
Speak them out and write them down with positive language.
Rather than using words like “I won’t” or “I’ll lose” or “I’ll stop” change the language of your goals into positives such as:
“I will. I’ll gain, I’ll grow, I’ll achieve,” etc.
This could look like changing a goal from “I’ll lose 30 pounds in the next 3 months,” to “I will implement one easy daily routine that will help to improve my cardiovascular health.”
Can you hear the difference? It’s between the risk of being “hangry” every day—until you crash and binge on a bag of chips—and enjoying a wholesome daily routine that helps you feel more healthy, relaxed and content.
How we talk about things has an effect on our likelihood of following through and achieving those things.
In general, it’s more compelling to talk about what we are excited to do and feel than what we are dreading.
2. Reward Yourself
Effectively changing patterns can be a tremendous feat; one that calls for a celebration. When you’ve implemented a healthy new lifestyle and want to make sure it really sticks, one of the best ways to do that is with positive reinforcement. This means giving yourself props in some way, shape or form, to let yourself know that you’re on the right track and to keep it up.
3. Take a Vacation
In his book, The Power of Habit Charles Duhigg explains that habits form when there’s an environmental cue for the brain to go into automatic mode.
“Studies have shown that people will perform automated behaviors—like pulling out of a driveway or brushing teeth—the same way every single time, if they’re in the same environment. But if they take a vacation, it’s likely that the behavior will change.
“You’ll put your shoes on in a different order without paying any attention to it,” he says, “because once the cues change, patterns are broken up.”
That’s one of the reasons why taking a vacation is so relaxing: It helps break certain habits.”
4. Self Care and Stress Management
Life happens. Sometimes unexpected circumstances are thrown our way and we’re forced to improvise. Other times the stress and discomfort we experience are familiar—such as a traffic jam, a headache or a sore muscle—and we have to learn reliable ways to treat the discomfort when it arises.
Otherwise, our pain gets the better of us and we can pretty much say goodbye to those resolutions. We’ll be too busy looking for relief.
When stress arises, don’t get discouraged. There’s a way forward.
A solid self-care routine is one of the heartiest foundations for managing stress, whether it’s from the nuisance of an impromptu work meeting, a pulled muscle from your workout or unbearable menstrual cramps.
For a pleasant and effortless self-care technique that really works for pain and stress symptoms, we recommend trying Shah’s Pain Relief Cream every night before bed, or whenever you experience pain and soreness. It’s a game-changer.
5. Adequate Rest
What if getting adequate rest—the 8 hours of sleep every night that’s recommended by medical experts—has been the missing ingredient to your holistic wellness this whole time?
We have news: it very likely is at least one missing ingredient.
Getting proper sleep reduces anxiety and depression and improves all kinds of physiological functions from metabolism to circulation to the immune system.
With proper sleep, all of our goals and aspirations start to seem more within reach AND more compelling.
Did you know that both CBD and Saffron have been shown to relieve sleep problems and contribute to getting a deeper night’s rest? We covered this in our last blog, Why Our CBD Is The Best CBD For Sleep.
It is our hope that these 5 suggestions can help you create sustainable long term goals this New Year. Here’s to a better 2020!