With the daylight hours increasing and an extra shot of vitamin D on the way due to the sun showing its face a bit more (hopefully), it’s time to revisit those goals you may have set at the start of the year. You may or may not have made any New Years’ resolutions, but with 10 weeks to summer, maybe it’s time to look at setting some goals now.
You should try to look at these goals as holistically as possible. Take care of your Body & Mind. Make it a lifestyle change, not just a quick fix. That being said, with the imminence of summer holidays, wearing less clothing and being outside more, tends to be a good motivator in getting started, or getting back on it after falling off the wagon since the new year and all those good intentions.
Make sure that the initial changes are slow and steady. Too much too soon and you may not stick with it. Habits need to be created and consistently adhered to in order to succeed. Master consistency….
Step 1: Make a Decision to Start
Set the alarm clock for 10 minutes earlier tomorrow and get up as soon as it goes off. No snooze button!!!
Step 2: Mindfulness
Spend 2 minutes sitting in silence, just breathing. Breathe in and out. Follow your breath as it travels in through your nose or mouth and travels down to your lungs or stomach and back out again.
Step 3: Practice Gratitude
Next, spend 2 minutes being grateful for what you have – the roof over your head, your loved ones, your health, having food and water, etc. Simply, being grateful for being you. Easy, right?
Step 4: List Your Goals/Future Achievements
Next, it’s time to list your achievements. Make a list of 3 things you want to achieve in the coming days, months or even a year or two away. Spend 2 minutes seeing them as if you have already achieved them, visioning them exactly how you want them to turn out.
Finish with a mental run through of your day and how you want it to go, before completing 3 more deep breaths and getting ready to seize the day.
This should take between 5 & 10 minutes. And that’s you started. Like all things, it will only work if you keep it consistent. Every day, same routine. The weekend wake up time can vary by an hour or two but try to keep the times and the process the same. This will help adherence and the building of a positive routine. These 5-10 minutes will have such an amazing impact on your quality of life and goal achievements but, you have to stick to it.
Once you have built the initial habit of getting up a little earlier for your mindfulness and gratitude, you can start to add in exercise.
Ant & Ali