New Year’s resolution: Let’s be SMART in 2019

It’s that time of the year again. Whether you’re a resolution maker or breaker, the new year provides us with a clean slate to start how we mean to go on.

 

New Year’s resolutions can be traced back to the Babylonians, over 4,000 years ago, during a 12-day religious festival they made promises to the gods to pay their debts and return any objects they had borrowed. It was believed that if they kept their promise, their gods would bestow favour on them for the coming year.

Modern day resolutions tend to take more of a personal approach, with most people focusing on self-improvement or fulfillment.

Setting SMART New Year’s resolutions

The key to setting and succeeding with your New Year’s resolutions is to make them SMART.

Specific
Make your resolution specific. One of the most popular resolution is to lose weight. If you’re wanting to lose weight this year, set yourself a specific target. How much do you want to lose precisely?

Measurable
Choose a resolution that can be measured. An easy one to measure is weight loss because the scales will do to that for you, but if you’re working towards a different goal, find a way to measure whether you’re successful. This may mean breaking a big resolution into smaller, more measurable resolutions. For example; If your resolution is to be happy (a very popular resolution), it’s tricky to measure happiness but why don’t you write down three things each day that have made you smile. If you can count to three, then you can measure whether you have achieved this goal.

Attainable
Setting an ambitious resolution is great but break it down into attainable steps. If your goal is to lose two stone overall and keep it off throughout 2019, break it down into smaller increments so that you have something more specific to work towards on your way to achieving your overall goal. For example; I want to lose two stone overall but to achieve this I will lose 5lb before the end of January. Once you’ve hit your first goal, you can set your next one in the same manner.

Realistic
Choose a resolution that is realistic and achievable for you. Don’t set a goal of going to the gym 7 days a week for the month of January if you have a two-week holiday booked in January where you don’t have access to a gym. Setting a goal that is not realistic will likely do more harm than good. If you want to do more exercise in January but have a holiday booked, change your goal slightly. For example; I will do 30 minutes of exercise per day in January. This can come in the form of a walk, run, gym session or exercise class – and can certainly be continued while away from home.

Timely
Always set yourself a time limit but make it realistic. Dry January is a good example; staying sober for the month of January gives you a target and allows you to see an end date, making it very clear whether or not you’ve achieved your goal.

Make a resolution to protect your bladder in 2019
Any time of the year is a good time to review your overall health and make changes, you don’t have to wait for new year or feel like you can’t set goals after new year has passed. We take our bladder for granted until it’s not quite working how we want it to, but there are lots of small changes you can make that will help improve your bladder health, why not incorporate some of these into your New Year’s resolutions for 2019.

Some achievable resolutions that will help your bladder:

  1. Drink 6-8oz of water each day
  2. Limit caffeine intake
  3. Quit smoking
  4. Exercise moderately 3 times per week for a minimum of 30 minutes per day
  5. Do 5 minutes of pelvic floor exercises everyday

Happy New Year and good luck in achieving your goals.