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Burnt-out resolutions: a feel-better guide for the already tired

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/jan/01/burnt-out-resolutions-a-feel-better-guide-for-the-already-tired

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Burnt-out resolutions: a feel-better guide for the already tired
Normally a fan of January goal-setting, 2021 feels different for Brigid Delaney – with the help of experts she’s aiming for more humble but longer lasting good habits

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Keep your resolutions manageable

Keep your resolutions manageable

One of the most important things when planning your new year is not trying to change too many things at once.

Focus on achieving one change that can then be turned into a habit, because once something is a habit you are likely to do it every day.

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Keep your sleep habits under control

For the new year, focus on good quality sleep as the foundation of good health and longevity.

We are in control of having a regular bedtime and wake-up time and establishing good sleep habits. Once these are set, you'll be in a better place to tackle other goals, such as a regular exercise routine and nutrition.

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The self-compassion mindset

So much of the internal problems we have start from beating ourselves up.

Pay attention to how you speak to yourself and try to come to an internal conversation that is not about being hard on yourself.

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The science of setting resolutions: start small

Start small and choose just one new thing to change in the new year. Reflecting on each main category of your life and choosing one thing to do differently is a great way to feel like you are starting over.

Starting small can also be a good way to avoid disappointment.

Reflect on the main categories of your life

  1. Personal goals: Ask yourself, “How have I taken care of myself this year? What is one thing I can add to my routine that involves self-care?”
  2. Household goals: Choose one area of the house to clean out in January. 
  3. Relationship goals: How satisfied are you with your relationships right now? 
  4. Spiritual goals: What’s your spiritual practice like? How can you get in touch with this area of your life more?
  5. Work goals: How did you feel about your work-life balance, work performance and work relationships this year? 

Nobody sleeps the whole night through

Nobody sleeps the whole night through

This is a common misconception.

Also, waking up a few times per night is not necessarily a cause for concern. The most important thing is how you feel when you get up: refreshed, ready ...

Why we wake up during the night

We wake up at night for many various reasons. Some of them are:

  1. Having a nightmare
  2. Distracting loud noises
  3. Sleep apnoea
  4. Nocturia (excessive nighttime urination).

However, it is important to let your practitioner know your sleeping habits so that they may analyse whether you have an underlying medical condition.

Food and drinks that affect your sleep

  • Food and drinks that are bad for your sleep: Alcohol, caffeine, sugary-food (chocolate, gummy bears, etc.), spicy and acidic food (jalapeno poppers, spicy Cheetos etc.)
  • Pro-sleep food and drinks: Wholegrain cereal and milk, toast with peanut butter, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats.

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Gretchen Rubin

“What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.”

Gretchen Rubin

One Step Daily

Most people do not stick to their New Year's resolutions because they focus on the entire task.

By just focusing on the daily small steps, one is able to create a successful daily routine.

Keep It Practical

Dial back your goal for the New Year to be a more practical, pragmatic one, and your chances of success will rise dramatically.

Don't be too hard on yourself.