One Step You Absolutely Must Take to Reach Your Goals
It's nearing the end of January. How are you doing with your goals and resolutions?
As I was listening to the news this morning, I heard a segments about New Year's resolutions and how few people keep them.
Studies have found less than 10% of people see their new year's resolutions through.
The reporter interviewed a local physician who talked about one of the biggest obstacles to keeping new year's resolutions...not managing stress well.
Our brains crave certainty. So, when you're stressed, your brain is more likely to seek a habitual routine than follow that new routine you've put in place to reach your goal.
What does this mean for you and your goals?
Before you focus on your goals, put habits in place to decrease your stress.
One of the best things you can do is take some quiet time in the morning to put things in perspective and help you focus on what you need to do that day.
You may choose to meditate or pray, do yoga, or listen to soothing music. Beyond that, what you do can be anything that brings you peace and helps you focus on what's most important.
Here are some ideas to consider:
Attend a church service, Bible study or meditation group
Have a cup of coffee and listen to your favorite Podcast
Go to the park at lunch
Admit that you're stressed and ask for support
Play with your kids (or borrow some if you don't have any yourself!)
Take a class
Do something creative -- draw, paint, crafts
Delegate things that take too much time (at home or work)
Take a day off work
Sing at the top of your lungs
Read uplifting stories, poems, scripture, etc.
Join a group that focuses on what you care about
Enjoy a long hug with someone you love
Watch a sunrise or sunset
Call a friend who makes you laugh
Go to the zoo
Take a nap
Get a massage
Eat your favorite food
Take your dog to the dog park
Light a candle (lavender and vanilla are particularly relaxing)
Keep a gratitude journal
Make a list of things you can do to reduce your stress & select one to do each week!