Resetting for 2021:  How to Make the Physical and Mental Changes Your Know You Need

For many of us, celebrating the arrival of 2021 is a most wanted event.

The past year has been filled with challenge and change – much of which has been uncomfortable and upsetting.  Health concerns, regulations and guidelines, economic crises, at-home learning, and the list goes on…

Throughout it all, we may have taken on less-than-ideal habits in order to survive – both physically and mentally – that we know we now need to change for a healthy new go around the sun.

But the question is…how do we do that?

We may know that we need to clean up our diet, start sleeping better, move more, and/or stop the cycle of negativity but for many of us, we just don’t know how to actually go about it.

So let’s get real and talk about how to reset for 2021 in a way that is realistic and sustainable.

After all, if we’re going to look at 2020 as a year of change and growth…let’s make it worth it.

Know Your “Why”

It’s not enough for most of us to know that we “should” do things; we need to know “why”.

What’s your motivation for losing weight?  for balancing your mood?  for managing stress?

These reasons may be as simple as getting in shape for longevity or as deep as working through past trauma to find perspective and peace in life.

It is okay for motives to be fear-based (especially if you have seen a loved one suffer from disease) but make sure to dive deeper into why that is.

How do you do this?

Start by taking 5-10 minutes to take stock in your life and write down:

  • Why do you want to make this change? 
  • What would life look like if you were successful? 
  • Why is that better than how things are now? 
  • Is the end-goal worth the discipline needed?

Finding meaning in why you want to make a change gives purpose to the hard work and dedication needed for long-term success.

Decide What You Want Versus What You Don’t

It’s easy to say that you don’t want to be so grouchy, eat so much sugar and fat, or social media binge throughout the day, but for everything you don’t want, there is a mirror that reflects what you do.

When it comes to achieving your “why,” start by modifying how you view your change.

Try swapping:

“I want to eat less junk food,” for “I will eat 7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.”

“I want to get off my phone more,” for “I will spend at least one hour of my day fully engaged with my family by hiking, playing games, or cooking together.”

“I want to stress less,” for “I will schedule 30 minutes per day and one appointment per month for a self-care activity such as a warm bath, meditation, reading, or massage.”

“I want to lose weight,” for “I will discover a new sport such as snowshoeing or  swimming to enjoy at least 2 times per week and will eat clean at least 80%of my meals.” 

“I will not eat gluten or sugar this month,” for “I will eat clean protein at each meal with at least 2-3 servings of organic fruits and vegetables.”

This slight adaptation of thought can make all the difference in how small changes can make a big impact.  You may even be pleasantly surprised at what negative habits fall away naturally when you just focus on what you can do rather than what you have to eliminate.

Modify As You Go

The easiest way to sabotage your change?  Having the expectation that you will be perfect at it.

Life happens and the way we adapt to it is part of our success as human beings.

Understand that what you want may take time as well as an attitude to keep going even when you opted for a soda at lunch, forgot to work out for a few days, or raised your voice with the kids.

You will, more than likely, make choices that don’t support your goal, but know that you can stop, modify, and get back on track at any point.

Just because you aren’t perfect at accomplishing your “why” you can still be successful.  Keep a positive outlook, authentic heart, and compassionate attitude.  Paired with a little sense of humor, you may even find the change you need to not only be healthy, but also fun.

Are you interested in getting naturopathic support in making physical and/or mental health changes in the new year?

I am here to provide you just that.

For those living in the Boulder and Denver metro areas, please call me at (720) 340-0193 or contact me here.  We can begin by assessing your symptoms, issues, and concerns and then create a plan to get you feeling your best.

Sometimes the best change is one that is from the heart.  This year, make yours one full of love.