New Year is a time for reflection and reminiscing on all of the things that have happened in the past year of your life. Looking back on significant life events such as going to university, getting your first car or getting your dream job is how we highlight how our lives have changed in the last year. Some of us are exactly where we expected to be and some of us are somewhere completely different.
Scrolling through social media posts and seeing advertisements as you walk around your town blazoned with how you can make your 2019 better than last year and how you can improve may be inspiring, but how long will you stick to your new goals? Throughout my life I have tried countless times to come up with New Year’s Resolutions that I promised myself I would stick to yet already failed by the time it hit January 10th. This year I haven’t made any. Why you ask? I’ll tell you why.
This last year I realised I always put changes and plans to improve myself to the side telling myself I would do it after summer, at the weekend, when it starts to get colder, or even the next year. For me a New Years Resolution wasn’t a serious promise I was making to myself about how I’ll improve, it was simply something to recite to my friends and family because all of them had one too. Waiting until New Year to change was just a way of putting something off and making an excuse for why I wasn’t doing anything currently to make a change happen.
Whilst on holiday in the summer I was struck with severe self consciousness of my body which I have never really experienced before. Sure, I have always had things I’d rather change about myself but I’d never been self conscious of what I was wearing or what people were thinking of how I looked. My Dad had instilled that into me from a young age. When I was struck by this in the summer I felt awful about myself the whole holiday, not wanting to be seen coming out of the pool and constantly wanting to be covered up. When returning home I realised that if I was feeling like this then I had to do something about it.
After doing my research I found a local PT and soon began training. My goal – simply to improve my overall fitness and strength. Even just putting these foundations down allowed me to feel more confident and better about myself knowing I was on the way to meeting my goals. Getting the ball rolling was half of the battle.
It’s now 4 months on and I already feel so much more confident in my own skin. Yes I’m not a Victoria’s Secret Model and so what? Thats not what I want but I am happy being me. Seeing myself progress has taught me that I can do anything I set my mind to.
So, moral of the story is: don’t put things aside for another time if you truly want those changes to happen as how you’re feeling won’t change. Any day, week or month can be the time to start improving yourself whether it be in your health, overall wellbeing or anything else. I promise once you are over the mighty hurdle of bringing yourself to do it you’ll be ever so glad you did.
Happy New Year all! I hope 2019 brings you all nothing but health and happiness. If you want to change something go ahead and do it don’t just make empty promises to yourself, you’ll be the only one who suffers.