This year is going to be the year I _________. What did you fill in? Loose weight, find a significant other,make it big? What ever you put in the blank, I dare you to answer the question, why? I hope it was for you, and if it’s not, make one that is solely for you.
The Doshas and Goal setting:
Vatta’s tend to set big goals and get overwhelmed. (Try small tangible goals)
Pitta’s tend to force themselves to reach their big goals, even if that means they are not enjoying it and can tend to express anger towards others because of it. (Try the 50% rule, allowing yourself a little break.)
Kapha’s can become stuck in their habits and not realize what negative habits are doing to them. (Try supported change, gym, one on one training, exercise group, or do a challenge with your family)
The two biggest reasons I find that New Years resolutions don not work are. People set a big goal and expect fast results or they haven’t dealt with physical or emotional pain which can hold them back. Here are ways to overcome theses issues and make this the year you stick to your new years resolution.
1. When you set your goal, break it down into smaller goals. Lets just stick with the weight loss example, your big goal might be to lose 15lbs. but your small goal might be to lose 1lbs. a week. That means that in 3 months you will have lost 12lbs. Every time you reach one of your smaller goal you feel succesful and you have accomplished something, which allows you to be succesful see results and stay motivated to keep going. On this gradual plan you are able to make progress without overwhelming yourself.
Once you have broken down the steps and made smaller goals, put it in your calender, make your plan just as important as your work schedule. (Exmp. walk 2:30-3:00p.m. Mon, Wed, Fri and Sat.- Sun 10-10:45)
Eating healthier-try the 50% rule. Half the time you eat what you want and half the time you eat healthy.
Exercisise-Try cardio every other day, depending on how much you currently do (haven’t been working out 10 min. already workout 30 min) and 10-30 min of walking every day . A walking partner or music(one ear bud only for safety) can make it easier and keep you motivated.
2. Physical and emotional pain can be big factors in being successful in your resolution. Haven’t been exercising? Is it because your knee, back is hurting? Are you unable to stop overeating? Is it because you are constantly hearing your mother in your head telling you, you are not good enough or stressed because of work?
Take a moment to do a quick body scan. First do this standing and then sitting. Close your eyes, take a couple deep breaths and start at the top of your head all the way down to your toes look for any pain, soreness, tightness or discomfort, if you notice anything write this down. Depending you may want to see a Chiropractor, Massage therapist, Ayurveda Practitioner or Doctor.
Sitting down, take a moment to think about your resolution, notice what doubts, or blocks pop into your head. Maybe there is another stressor that has nothing to do with your resolution that keeps showing up. Write these down. These types of issues can be worked with through meditation, eating a Vata calming diet, talking to a good friend, psychiatrist, or regaining empowerment through physical activity.
Have a Great New Year!
What is your new years resolution? Let me know if this post helped in the comments below.
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