Ooh aah, just a little bit…Ooh aah, little bit more
Rosanna Machado | January 14, 2021
A few years ago, I was shocked to learn from my Mum that when you give up something for Lent, the weekends don’t count. I had often tried and failed to give up chocolate for the whole period and my Mum was happily enjoying a glass of wine at the weekend and telling me she had given up drink for Lent. Whilst this isn’t about me feeling cheated for 40 years (which is clearly how I feel!), I do believe there is sense is taking small steps towards your goals and realising that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing.
As we enter 2021, January is a month full of resolutions and grand plans for the year. These often start as something very exciting but can quickly become overwhelming if they are not broken down into manageable chunks. The UK lockdown has also had an impact as so many habits are associated with a commute to work, or an activity on the way home or simply that spontaneous coffee break which lifts your spirits when you most need it. How can we continue to look after ourselves in 2021?
- Take a step back and reflect on what you need on a daily and weekly basis for your own wellbeing. Some of these probably happened more naturally before lockdown so you may need to engineer these moments throughout the day
- Think of your day holistically in terms of work, home life, health and wellbeing. The lines between these are blurred and if you don’t look at the day as a whole, it is likely that something will suffer
- Break this down into small steps and think about how you might be able to incorporate these into your daily routine. Is there an existing habit where you could stack a new habit onto it?
- Be conscious of your time – the average person spends 3 hours 15 minutes on their phone so could some of that time be spent on steps towards your goal
- Notice when your energy or concentration is dropping during work time and try out strategies to counter this. Perhaps stepping away from the screen and doing some deep breathing or journaling. Find something that works for you and then think about scheduling these moments into your working day
- Focus on the elements that you can control and let go of what you cannot control
- Think about something creative that you can do on a weekly basis
- Build flexibility into what you are trying to achieve so that when unexpected things happen you can counter that feeling of failure. I tend to look at my diary on a weekly basis and plan exercise around other commitments which works well for me
Most of all be kind to yourself and celebrate every personal success as I bet there are a lot more than you realise!