I can't believe that my last blog post was 616 days ago. My dad died unexpectedly after slipping, falling and hitting his head in May 2015, just a few days after my last blog entry.
To tell you the truth, after he died, I felt this big hole in my soul. I just didn't have it in me to share on my blog. I am a lot better now, and I am ready to start blogging again.
The New Year is always a great time for reflection and introspection, and one of my resolutions is to re-start my blog. I am always fascinated by resolutions and why we make them at this time each year.
Apparently, New Year's resolutions were first made by Ancient Babylonians over 4,000 years ago, when they celebrated the beginning of the New Year, which they observed in mid-March when the crops were planted.
People make resolutions,which are decisions to do or not to do something, usually a behaviour, in order to accomplish a personal goal. Research has shown that only 8% of people achieve their New Year's resolutions. By the month of June, half of those who have made resolutions give them up. These statistics are not very encouraging. Some tips to help you keep your resolutions include;
- Make it something you really want, not something you should want.
- Limit the number of resolutions that you make, so you don't become overwhelmed.
- Make a plan that is easy and practical. Break it down into small steps.
- Be very specific, instead of making broad general resolutions. For example make a plan to drink at least 6 glasses of water per day, instead of just planning to drink more water.
- Write down your goals and visualize them regularly. Place them in visible places like your bathroom mirror, the refrigerator door, or on your desk. This will help to fix it into your subconsciousness, and serve as a regular reminder.
- Be accountable by telling one or two supportive friends or relatives, who will help you be accountable.
- Most importantly, forgive yourself for any slip ups. Take one day at a time and if you fall short on one day, just start afresh the next day.
Whether or not you decide to make resolutions, and whether or not you actually succeed in keeping them, remember to live your best life by loving yourself first and foremost, and from there all things are possible.