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How to keep your COVID resolutions

Author: The Simple Bit

Category: Short Cuts

A whole bunch of us plan to come out of COVID lockdown with better habits than when we went in. But when the pubs reopen, can we stick to our guns? Here are some tips to help.

The simple bits:

  • Lockdown is beginning to ease
  • A lot of us have great intentions for our new-found freedom
  • Will we be able to keep these resolutions?
  • Sure…with some help

Sweet, sweet freedom. As lockdown restrictions begin to ease across the country, we emerge with the best of intentions – long walks in nature, ocean swimming, seeing family. Then there are the good habits we picked up in iso – meditating, reading more and all that baking.

But we’re also up against pubs reopening and more bingeable TV landing. So will we be able to stick to our resolutions? Let’s help you kick those goals, shall we?

 

Shtick to your schedule

We humans like to think of ourselves as free-spirited beings. The kind of bare-footed creatures who baulk at the first sign of organiser apps and synced calendars.

But we often need prompts to remember to do something. There’s no shame in it either. If you want something to become a fully formed habit, just set a regular time for it. Perhaps you did a lot of app-based meditation in iso. That doesn’t need to end when your work schedule eventually returns to normal. Find a new time for it, like on the tram ride home or when you need to unplug from your email.

Think of it like practice makes perfect, or training the brain to do something on autopilot. Brain power-saving mode: activated.

 

Break it down now

Feeling like you’re improving is a great motivation. Each stage becomes a tiny pat on the back, chanting your name and urging you on.

So if you’ve got a big goal, make sure to break it down into manageable chunks. You can work up to a 10-kilometre jog 500 metres at a time. Or 10 metres, or just a few footsteps.

That way, you’ll be gradually getting better each time and feeling pretty darn good about it all the while.

Ditch the idea of all-or-nothing

You know when you’re trying to eat healthily, then doughnuts happen and all your good intentions implode? We’ve been there (and delicious it was too). But this perfectionist standard isn’t only exhausting, it’s not actually helpful.

Sticking to your new habit without a wobble is about as unlikely as ordering steamed veg with your chicken parma. Think about what obstacles might get in your way and try to avoid them if you can. You might also consider cheat days as a time to build your determination and bounce back, bouncier than ever.

 

Buddy up

We all do stuff we’re not so proud of when nobody’s looking. Case in point: doing a deep social media stalk on your ex’s new partner, bending the five-second-dropped-food-rule and sniff testing your clothes.

But good friends make us into good people.

Find a kindly soul to either check-in, or better yet, join in with your new good habits and resolutions. Knowing someone else is aware and invested might give you that extra boost to keep going too.

 

See? It’s easier with mates. Pic by Greg Rosenke.

 

Make it a no-brainer

Another trick to get your brain on autopilot is to make your new habit as easy as possible. That might mean laying out your running kit the night before, putting your phone on ‘do not disturb’ or booking a table somewhere so you’ve got to get out of the office for a walk at lunch. By booting down any of these barriers you’ll make your new habit seem like the simplest thing to do.

 

A bit of simple can go a long way right now. Click here for details about how ahm can help you. Let’s try make these difficult times a little simpler together.