New Year, New Me

Wishing everyone a happy New Year and belated holiday season from the Marquette University Employee Wellness Center. But before we go any further, I want to take a second to introduce myself because I’m new around these parts. My name is Sarah Schlaefke, and I am a junior here at Marquette studying journalism and Spanish. This semester I have decided to take my passion of healthy living and share it with you right here. How does this girl know anything about living well, you ask? Well, I am no 10542808_686438604774954_562593613831696879_oprofessional, but through lots of reading, fact checking, trial and error and real life application, what you read on here is what I have learned. In my free time you can find me engulfed by the most recently released new musical albums or kickboxing down the street at 9Round Fitness. All right, now enough about me.

 

As the New Year is rolling in, most people like to kick it off with a new goal or resolution. Drink less soda, hit the gym more often, even just writing letters to old friends or family sprinkle New Year’s resolution lists. And for the first few weeks, maybe even a month, we all feel great completing another day of sticking with our newest lifestyle change. Sadly, though, the will power usually wears out, and by the time spring break shows up, our resolutions are as far out of our minds as school is.

So, what is the cure to the New Year’s resolution fad? How can we change our hard-to habits into an aspect of our lifestyles? Here are a few techniques I use to do my best to keep my goals going.

It is often heard that it takes a certain amount of days to create a habit, but really establishing a daily routine is the key. A lifestyle is not created in a month; it’s created in a lifetime. Setting aside time daily devoted to your goal. Take the hour to run on a treadmill at the gym, the half hour to cut up fresh veggies or the 45-minute-nap you are fitting in to get more rest. Adding the time into you calendar helps make it a priority. And don’t let other things take up its time slot!

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Another effective resolution-keeping tactic is the buddy system. Whether your buddy is a co-worker, friend or family member, having another person devoted to the same New Year’s goal success will help hold you accountable for sticking with it. Talk to those around you and see if their resolutions line up with yours. See if your family wants to partake in a whole-house resolution. Offer encouragement and constructive criticism to your counterparts. You know what they say, the struggle is easier with someone by your side.

My last (and favorite) suggestion is all the hype and everyone’s favorite excuse these days: treat yo’self! What do I mean? Well, after all of your hard work of committing to better your life, you deserve a reward. In your New Year’s resolution, also include a New Year’s reward. Tell yourself that by the time the summer rolls around, you deserve a new swimsuit if you stick to your gym resolution. Or if you give up soda, allow yourself to try a new juice every other week. Life is all about balance, so rewarding yourself for taking care of yourself is also a part of a healthy lifestyle.

With the commitment to a healthy lifestyle comes the expected down day where we might screw up, be too tired or just blatantly not want to deal with our new goal. When this happens, it is important not to be too hard on yourself and just pick up your routine again the next day. Now that you have these tricks up your sleeve, hopefully the resolution struggle can turn into the lifestyle you planned for.

-Sarah Schlaefke

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