Welcome to 2018!

Stress

Welcome to a New Year of possibilities and an opportunuity to review your goals and resolutions. Read more...

As you can tell, the topic for today is how to make sure that you start the new year in a positive way and that your plans for the year are both realistic and beneficial for you.

For this reason, I thought I'd actually start this first article with a question for you:

How did you spend the start of 2018?

I know that my start to the year was probably quite different to most. You see, I made sure that I was tucked away in bed, fast asleep by 10pm on New Year's Eve and woke up early on January 1st. Bright eyed and bushy tailed and ready for the new year, I wanted to make sure that I started the year the right way - rested, feeling healthy and ready for all that 2018 can bring. Don't get me wrong, I still celebrated the evening before with friends, enjoying their company over dinner and games, I just made sure that I remembered to look after my body as well.

For most people however, the new year celebrations likely involved lots of alcohol, not enough (or just the wrong) food and a very late night. This can be great fun but it often means that come new year's day, people are still curled up in bed late in the morning, nursing hangovers and feeling less than their best. Don't get me wrong, sometimes we all need to let our hair down but it's important to still look after yourself so that any celebrations don't turn into unnecessary punishment for your body.

If you happened to be one of the people who fell into the latter scenario, don't worry, you can always aim to have an early night this evening instead! You see the reason I was able to go to bed early on new year's eve was because I treat every new day as holding the same potential as new year's day. You can change your habits or patterns at any point in time, the new year just happens to hold that little bit of extra motivation for many people!

Which leads me to my next question:

What were your new year's resolutions for 2018?

It's ok, I'm not actually going to ask that you tell me what they were. Rather, I wanted to point out the different types of goals so that you can make sure your goals are things you'll actually stick to and achieve. After all, if all we do is make empty promises, setting goals in the future becomes even more discouraging because deep down we've given up before we've even started.

Ideally, when it comes to goal settings, the more specific the better. This way, you can create a step by step plan for how you're going to make sure you'll commit to it and get the outcome you want. For instance, get fit, get healthy or lose weight are all really vague goals that are nearly impossible to stick to. However, if you decided to lose 3 kilos, you could look at exactly what kinds of exercise you'll start doing, how you might need to change your diet and how long you think it would realistically take you to achieve. Similarly, if your end goal is to cut sugar from your diet, don't go from a sugar filled diet to going cold turkey in a day. Instead work out a plan that gradually cuts down and then removes processed sugars from your diet and that then potentially limits the amount of sugars you're getting from fruits as well.

So even if you started the new year recovering from the night before, or you picked goals that had no foundations to them, take comfort in knowing that the year has only just begun and that each day holds just as much potential, it's simply up to you to decide what you really want to change in this exciting new year!

Wishing you a healthy 2018!

Dr Pete

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Dr Peter Holsman is a qualified Medical Practitioner, Naturopath and Professional Speaker based in Melbourne. An expert in his field with over 30 years experience in holistic, functional and integrative medicine, he specialises in treating people with fatigue related illnesses including stress, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, thyroid and adrenal hormone problems.

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