10 Easy Ways to Stay Motivated in 2019
Let’s rewind to New Year 2018—did you resolve to have a focus more on your health and wellness? You are not alone. Did you find yourself losing momentum and falling off your “new” schedule only a few months down the line? Trust us, you are not alone!
A New Year is a fantastic time to start anew and refresh your approach to life. Making resolutions sound exciting until you realize you must do the hard work and see your goals through. If you find your motivational batteries discharge rather soon, you need to learn how you can master control over your mind.
Here are 10 incredibly easy hacks to keep you going all through the year and give you a boost to chase your wellness goals.
- Create a conducive environment:
Experts say, the best way to make sure you see a positive change is to create an environment that makes it easier for you to stay disciplined. From creating a planner to having a group of like-minded workout buddies—the more positive your circle is, the better the results shall be.
- Follow popular health and fitness experts on social media:
You become what you consume—this applies to your social media feed as well! Make the most of the hours spent mindlessly browsing on social media by following health and fitness experts. You will surely benefit from their useful health tips and constant encouragement to stay on track.
- Visualize your result:
Visualization unleashes the incredible power of your subconscious. All you need to do is imagine yourself to be victorious in a certain situation and do that consistently. If you are unsure how to initiate this practice, start by listening to guided visualization meditations online, and begin with creating your personal vision board. But remember, fitness is a lifestyle not a project!
- Break your long-term goals into short-term goals
If you feel that a specific goal is very ambitious, consider segmenting it into smaller, digestible tasks. Always ask yourself if your goals are SMART, i.e., specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timed. This way, you will be bound to stick to your regime and find yourself working with renewed energy while always keeping an eye on the bigger picture.
- Try something new:
When you try new tasks, you train your mind to accept new challenges and build mental stamina. You also allow your latent talents to surface and discover new possibilities. As they say, variety is the spice of life!
- Reward yourself:
Goal achieved? Pat yourself on the back. But, think beyond “cheat days”—occasionally, treat yourself to a rejuvenating spa, buy yourself a book, or indulge in some retail therapy. That sounds easy...is there a catch? None, because it is important to be kind to yourself.
- Take a break:
Feeling low on energy or fatigued? Pause and review your schedule—have you accounted for rest days? Are you sleeping well? Even a 20-minute power nap goes a long way in refueling your energy levels.
- Make your routine entertaining:
Bored of the morning jogs? Try cycling instead! Working out doesn’t have to be cumbersome. Feel free to experiment with your exercise routine by adopting some fun and creative workouts. It is as easy as playing a different sport or dancing to your favorite tracks.
- Don’t compare yourself with others:
Perhaps the most neglected piece of advice we fail to give ourselves: Work hard to be a better version of yourself and do so at your own pace. If you must, compare yourself to who you were yesterday. You will be surprised at how much you have achieved!
- Express yourself:
Keeping things within does more harm than good. Don’t wait to reach your emotional saturation. Write your thoughts in your journal or talk to a compassionate friend or family member; you will feel much lighter and clearer in your mind.
We hope these simple tips will help you stay on track and remain determined through the year.