Real, Reflective, Resolutions
Happy New Years, and welcome back to another semester at Camosun! I know we're already a week into January, but that doesn't mean you can't make a resolution now! Especially if you're thinking along the lines of fitness and wellness.
Making resolutions is easy, and even having the best of intentions doesn't mean you can stick to it! Follow through is everything, and that is what creates and can sustain the positive change!
So, if you're like me, and you use the first week as kind of a write-off, as you prepare for the new semester, this is your time to make resolutions! Step one to making a sustainable goal is to make it SMART.
SMART goals are a better way of laying out what you would like to change in your life! If your goal is wellness, or reflection like mine is, a SMART goal for you, might look like this!
- Journal and reflect everyday, for the rest of the semester
- Write down half a page about my day and complete my daily question, in my question journal
- If I forget to write one night, I will write an additional half page the next day
- I want to remember and reflect the choices I make in the last semester of my post-secondary career
- At the end of April, I want to finish my journal, as I will be finished with my degree
This method can be used for any type of goal, not just journaling and wellness! It can be other things like self-care, fitness, clean eating, etc. Just googling “SMART goals” gives tons of resources that are better than what I could write!
That is the link I used, I know it's for fitness goals, but the message is the same! My goal isn't perfect, but it does give me a measure to see if I am on track or not.
Other resources suggest that to set goals in general, you need to do a little soul searching first! So tap into what motivates you to make this change in general. Do you feel like there is a need in your life? For example, if your goal is fitness, then think about (and write it down, it helps!) why you want to do this! Do you want to feel more energized? Do you like the feeling of being strong? Have high blood pressure, need stress relief, does your family have a history of heart disease? There are so many reasons that a person may become more active, yours are your own and if it is important to you, that's all you need!
Next up is set your goals, and how you'll meet them! These could be SMART goals, or small steps! Like walking 20 minutes a day, three days a week! Then build up to 30 minutes a day after 4 weeks! A journal or app can help you track your progress!
Next up is share your goals, it can just be with friends or family! This can help you be more accountable, and who knows! You might gain a new walking buddy quite quickly!
Have a backup plan or “Plan B” in case you can't fulfill your planned goal! If you plan to walk thirty minutes a day, but its pouring rain, what is your plan? You can go mall walking, or there are treadmills in the fitness centres at both campuses! Other cardio equipment as well if you want to try something new!
Finally! Remember that lapses and setbacks are normal! The key is not to get discouraged, jump back in and try your best to learn from what got you off track! Making new habits takes time, and I promise it will all pay off in the end!