Sunday, October 2

Why writing New Year’s resolutions suits us

With what enthusiasm we start the new year and how we lose perspective as the months go by, right? That if this is the year I’m going to go to the gym -finally-; that if I am going to make at least twelve trips; What if we stop eating ultra-processed foods … A lot in January and when we want to find out, we have our goals for one year already set for the next because we haven’t had time. Do we put little interest or is it that life does not give us so much?

To begin with, as the psychologist MarÍa Naranjo, from assures, the important thing is to leave them on paper, but not write them in any way … For example, the psychologist points out that you have to use

words that make you feel empowered, how to do, achieve, perform, etc., and analyze the different facets of your life proposing a purpose for each one. If you think about physical health, among others, the goal should be to walk 10 minutes every day, and if you think about your well-being and connection, do meditation every week.

These are just examples and can be substituted. Remember that the objectives are manageable and good luck with your New Year’s resolutions for 2022 », concludes the psychologist Maria Naranjo

According to her, this is what gets in us that our motivations are written:

Benefits of writing purposes

  • Improve our motivation to change.
  • It helps us take control of our life in small, manageable steps.
  • It gives us a sense of accomplishment when we have completed an objective.
  • It improves our self-esteem by motivating us – or maintaining our motivation – to take action and take control of our lives.

Why don’t we respect them?

Millions of people write resolutions every New Year, however, as revealed from Mundo, only 10% achieve their goals. Many of these purposes only last a few days or weeks. Some of the reasons we are not honoring New Years resolutions are:

– We are not really ready to implement the changes we need or we lack the necessary tools. Therefore, the attempts are not completely sincere.

– Sometimes we need to monitor our progress, using an App can be a good idea. We can also keep our own journal records.

– The absence of a plan that anticipates challenges and difficulties.

– Overconfidence and an inability to recognize our weaknesses and when we need professional help.

– Focus attention on what we lose with the change and not on what we would gain.

What to do to meet them

Sometimes we run out of ink in writing things that we finally do not fight for, so psychologists give five tips so that each year you achieve those goals that you set for yourself:

1. Simplify the goal. For example, losing weight is very general, if I simplify it to losing 1 kilo a week for the next three months it is easier.

2. Plan the different steps you should take. In our example, we could include, eat healthy, exercise, sleep well, respect meal times. With this information we could make a calendar.

3. Goals should be SMART (Simple, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and in a certain time). Continuing with our example, lose 1 kilo a week eating salad for three days, fish two days, walking for an hour every day, sleeping a minimum of eight hours and always eating at the same times for three months.

4. When we divide the achievements into short, medium and long term objectives we are able to maintain consistency. Consistency is essential to create new routines. When we create a new routine, the brain connections take time to get used to and therefore being consistent is essential.

5. Set small goals and manageable that lead you to meet a greater goal. If I want to run 20k every day, and I never run, I will have to start running 500 meters for a week and work my way up to my goal.

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