Do we need them?
The beginning of a new year is traditionally time to reassess and set our resolutions for the year. In recent times, there has been a push to change from setting resolutions to setting a series of intentions for the year.
What is the Difference?
Both are a way of declaring a goal for yourself as an individual or as a family, both give a focus and prioritise something in your life. More specifically, a resolution is a process driven, measurable way to achieve that something, whilst an intention sets a way of thinking. We can set an intention to focus on our health for 2024, to prioritising our self-care or to spend more time as a family.
Intentions set a goal for the year but allow for many different ways to see that through. Resolutions are the commitment to do something such as lose 10kg, go to the gym 4 times a week, run a 10km race, give up drinking etc. The problem comes when we don’t maintain our resolutions – do we give up, feel guilty, feel a failure?
I believe we need both to make changes in our lives, we just need to use them in the right way.
Set an intention – give yourself a focus and a goal to achieve over the year. Make sure it will feel good to reach it.
Make resolutions as to how you will uphold that intention – but make them achievable and give yourself flexibility within them to fail sometimes and be able to pick yourself up and start again whilst still achieving your overall intention.
Exercise daily – this can look like a run, a gym session, a yoga session, a class, a walk with a friend, a series of stretches, or a good dance in the kitchen. You are not committing to a certain number of gym sessions or to losing a certain amount of weight. This way you can feel good for any exercise you do. You can also build up slowly to prevent injury and allow yourself to improve your performance gradually.
Get more fresh air – this is good for your mental health. You can walk in your lunch break (two resolutions in one) or sit on the porch and drink a coffee.
Use natural products – we are what we put in our bodies and on our bodies and around our bodies. Look for natural products that contain organic ingredients for food, skin care, household cleaning products and even pain relief. P3 Cream is a natural pain-reliever, perfect for easing any aches and pains as you up your exercise. It also contains organic ingredients and is locally made; see how we are ticking off those resolutions now!
Set your intention, make resolutions to follow that intention, factor in some failure and allow flexibility to ensure you can keep going and make 2024 the best year yet!
Wishing you all a happy and successful 2024 from the P3 team.