As 2018 comes to a close, we’re all entering that time of year when we start thinking of ways to lead a better quality of life. You acknowledge the little tendencies you do, or don’t do, that may make you feel better in the moment, but sometimes end up regretting in the long run.
It can be hard to admit, but when you think about it honestly, how many years have you had the same strict “resolution” that just ended up fizzling out by February, or even late January…
The purpose of this list is not to chastise you about giving up, but to remind you that we all struggle with similar habits that sometimes are better dealt with a day at a time, rather than a life-long abandonment. “Adulting” can be tough; sometimes these little pick-me-ups are the only way to attain genuine satisfaction in your time of need–and that’s OK!
This one is HUGE. From coffee, to tea, to soda–no matter how you drink it, it’s a staple to the common daily routine. Long work hours, restless sleeps–there are many factors that lead us to submitting to the power of the drug. Though it’s dehydrating and can be addictive, most favor the pros over the cons of having a couple cups throughout the day. Not to mention, it tastes delicious.
Here is where natural human laziness comes into play. After a long day in the office, many people look forward to going home; relaxing and spending time with friends/family. This is why most fitness goals are geared toward a beginning-of-the-day approach. However, there’s the snooze button on your alarm; keeping you tranquil in your comfy blankets, or the fact that the nearest gym isn’t very conveniently located.
Though getting into a routine of biting the worm and waking yourself up naturally everyday with the endorphins that exercise produces, it’s hard to stick to. One day of oversleeping and you could spiral into not working out for a whole month–but that’s alright! There are little changes like taking the stairs here and there that can improve your fitness. Every little bit counts!
Ah–a hobby with so many benefits, yet so difficult to pick up and keep going. First of all, finding the time to decide on a good read–this in and of itself can be the sole factor in making this resolution so hard to achieve.
Not to mention, finally hitting the pillow and closing your eyes after a long day, or falling asleep to your favorite TV show; deal breakers when attempting to instead, do something that actually requires effort.
No matter what your trigger– ice cream, cookies, mindless eating a bag of chips in front of the TV… dieting is no doubt an endless struggle for Americans. Nevermind the concept of ‘eating your emotions’ when sad or anxious; celebrations can cause unhealthy binging as well.
Of course there’s also the glowing signs on your way home at night that tempt you into the fast food drive-through. You’re tired, starving and haven’t had time to grocery shop, so you sigh but can’t help but smirk as you patiently await your double cheeseburger and fries.
We are constantly surrounded by provoking foods, and even when you’ve had maybe a week of healthy eating; one bite of a donut from the break room could lead you in the wrong direction–it happens to all of us.
A silent killer for many–one glass of wine after work can turn into sharing a bottle with a coworker and gabbing over office drama all evening. Next thing you know, you’re waking up with an unwanted hangover headache from too much sugar.
Or, a cocktail at happy hour turns into a game of pool with the guys, which turns into 4, and soon you’re at home having a nightcap eating leftovers.
We all do it–you’re not alone! The best way to conquer a bittersweet tendency like this one is to remain conscious of it, and not let it turn into a nightly recurrence.
The hardest and most ironic goal of the whole game. You say to yourself at the start of your efforts
I’m going to do it this year, I’m not going to let myself slip up.
However, the reality of it is that these life changes are no ‘walk in the park.’ I mean, if we all suffer from the same bad habits, don’t you think you should give yourself a break and realize you’re only human?!
Don’t force yourself to adhere to the notion that ‘a new year means a new me.’ It’ll be more rewarding to feel accomplished each time you, for example, pass up the afternoon cup of joe and go outside for some fresh-air energy instead.
Remember that in the end, we’re ALL just seeking to do our best and be happy–so in 2019 try to take it a day, not a year at a time.