Encouragement for weeks, from every angle, to indulge yourself. TV adverts, magazine articles, food pictures, special offers, biscuits and chocolates in every work place. Mince pies, mulled wine, Christmas cake, marzipan fruits, After Eight Mints, cheese, chocolate tree decorations, a cheeky little glass of fizz.
After the excess comes ta new message. To do, to be, something else instead.
Just because it is January.
The new year, new you pressure.
Blatant fat shaming.
Adverts everywhere, for a quick detox, weight loss clubs, gym memberships. Celebrity exercise DVDs.
10 Steps to this, that and the other. All the clickbait.
Shiny and bright white new Christmas trainers, waiting in the box.
It’s all just marketing. Much of it promoting quick fixes, doomed to fail.
There is a reason that many diets and big life-style changes fail.
They are just too big. Too much change all at once. It’s cognitive overload.
There is nothing wrong with making some new resolutions for the new year. They can be a positive thing, providing focus and helping to create new habits (or tackle unhelpful old ones). But instead of deciding to change everything, all on one day, choose something else instead.
Choose small changes. Doing one thing at a time. Small steps.
If you have never even run for a bus, deciding to go for the marathon in a matter of months is probably setting yourself up for failure. Aiming, just to being with, to go for one single parkrun is more doable, more real. Then when you have that achievement ticked off, take the next step. And the next one.
If you want to improve your wellbeing in 2018 (and not just the first week in January), take just one action, make just one change. Today. Stick with it for a while. And then think about making another. It’s tortoise, not hare, time. And while you are at it, ignore the marketing and the clickbait and all the other stuff that just makes you feel like crap and simply wants to part you from even more of your money.
Make your wellbeing changes manageable. Make them count. Make them today.