When it comes to the new year, the 1st of January always rolls around and the influx of ‘new year, new me’ resolutions flood social media. If I’m honest, I don’t really know how I feel about resolutions. All I really know is, that the start of the new year is 365 new chances to be awesome.
Personally, I like to think as new years resolutions more of ‘goals’. Instead of setting myself resolutions to ‘stick to’ I instead think of things I would like to achieve, improve or do throughout 2018. From there, I formulate something I like to call a ‘2018 plan’. That way, I’m not just saying I want to do something, I’m planning out exactly how I will do and how I will measure that it is done. Give it a try! Set yourself a goal and make a plan of how you will measure and achieve it. Think about how attainable it is, and reign it in slightly if it seems a little too big to start with. Reaching goals are very motivational, so try not to be too overambitious and trip yourself a the first hurdle. And remember, don’t expect yourself to do all of these things at once – set your goals either one focus a month, or to be for the whole year.
SOME OF MY goals this year
This year, my goals are a little different to last. I’ve put less focus on fitness goals and more on the opportunities and experiences I have this year. 2018 in my eyes is definitely going to be my year to focus on me. I’ve never done that before, and I’ve realised that no one else can do it for you.
This is my only fitness goal this year, as I’m pretty content with how my life is within the health and fitness space. However, I touched on this on my instagram a few days ago – and felt it was important to include in here too. Ultimately I love to be active, but towards the end of 2017 I found myself losing my flow and passion for lifting. Lifting has been a huge part of my life for the past three, almost four years but I began to dread and resent going and working out. Looking back, I realised that I put too much pressure on one aspect of fitness. I focused so much on lifting, that I forgot to look at the big picture – which is just the importance of exercise. So in December I took time off from training (whilst also being head high in my masters degree) which did me the world of good. I took the pressure away and now I enjoy when I do go and lift.
So this year, my focus is just to move however feels right. However I want to move, and whatever activity I want to do and will enjoy. I love lifting, don’t get me wrong, but I also love yoga, hiking, swimming and running. I want to encourage you to all do the same. Take the pressure off just going to the gym, and focus on just moving more. Whether that be hiking, yoga, swimming, running, dancing in the kitchen or anything else you love. Find your fitness flow, and just get moving more.
SPEND MORE TIME WITH MY FAMILY
Last year, I let myself get so overwhelmed and stressed (admittedly I was finishing my degree) that I sometimes got lost in work mode and didn’t spend as much time as I would like with my family. Although I’m now doing a masters degree (and i’m busy AF still, oops) I want to make sure that I prioritise my family and friends this year. I often find that I tell myself I’m too busy, or I have ‘too much work’ to be able to just chill out and take half an hour to spend time with those I love. Which is what I want to change. I can make time. I just need to learn to let go of the reigns a little and not get so overwhelmed by what I have to get done. Because lets be honest, the likelyhood is that I’m not Wonder Woman and can’t do it all at once anyway!
SCHEDULE A DAILY DIGITAL DETOX
This is an important one for me, and one that I think this past month has made me realise. Back in December, Zanna Van Dijk (amazing fitness blogger if you don’t know her) spoke about her plans to do a ‘Digital Detox’. With my job, like hers, being 95% online and using technology I thought it would be impossible. However, I realised that the world still goes round when we take a break. That it’s okay to take a step back, and it’s okay to switch off sometimes – in fact, its pretty damn important. So this year, I’ve decided one of my biggest goals is to spend less time on my phone, and more time in the moment. I’m planning on scheduling my switch off, even if that means turning my phone off at certain times in the day to avoid ‘aimlessly scrolling social media’. I’m going to play around with different ways I think this can help, but overall this year I want to make sure that I start to look at life through my eyes rather than a mobile phone.
READ MORE BOOKS
I’m a complete book worm, but I don’t give myself enough ‘me’ time to actually sit down for an hour and read. Not only is it great for my mental health, but also amazing for mental stimulation and helps me take a break from academic books (trust me, if you’ve read a sports physiology text book you’ll know what I’m talking about). Therefore, I’ve decided that this year my goal is to read one book per month (obviously longer if it’s a super lengthy one, but you get the gist) and really let myself fall in love with reading again. If you want to see some of my previous book recommendations, check out my favourite books of 2017 and my favourite smart thinking books.
What are your 2018 goals, and have you made a plan of action? I’d love to hear what you are working towards this year!
Love, Beth x