How to be kind to myself this year

Welcome back from the holidays! Have you made your resolutions yet? I don’t commit to a new resolution every year, but I often begin each January with a bit of “enough is enough”. No more being a couch potato! No more overeating!

So this first week is going to be about getting back into a healthy routine. I’m going to eat healthier and exercise more! YUP – there I’ve said it! Okay now what?

I’m sure each and everyone one of you are feeling a little similar (please, please feel the same lol)! I wish I had the secret recipe to a no-fail plan to get me on my way (boy would I be rich if I figured that one out!). But alas, there is no quick fix when it comes to fitness.

In addition to the challenge of fulfilling this year’s resolution, I’m battling a bit of the winter blahs! Baby it’s cold and dark outside and I find myself unmotivated after only a few days!

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So how am I not only going to start, but remain on track as my willpower wanes? I’ve given it some thought. Here’s what I’m promising myself:

  1. Get in touch with my feelings! Yup I’m going to try to remember how I feel after a healthy meal and a bit of movement. I always feel good!
  2. Take it slow. I’ll try to add  “easy” physical activity such as taking the stairs or a lunch time walk instead of worrying about getting to the gym.
  3. Be real. I’m not going to compare myself to anyone (especially not magazines). Bodies come in a variety of shapes and sizes (thank goodness).
  4. Everything in moderation. I’m going to enjoy a variety of foods and try to listen to my hunger cues.
  5. Be kind to myself. I’m going to cut myself some slack and forgive myself when needed.
  6. Have down time every day (even just for 15 minutes).
  7. Sleep. Days are so much better after a good night’s sleep!
  8. Find support. Having a cheerleader in your corner is a big factor when trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  9. Be a good role model for my daughter. I influence her more than I could ever imagine with my words and actions.

I would love to hear what your resolutions are and how you make them work.

For parenting information or to speak with a Public Health Nurse (every Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) simply dial 311 or 905-825-6000.

About Cynthia Lindsay RN

Hi everyone. My name is Cynthia Lindsay and I work as a public health nurse with the school years program. I've been a nurse for almost 20 years (wow time flies!) with the last 10 years focused on what I've discovered to be my passion... Parenting. I now have many parenting accreditations and enjoy connecting with parents in the community through Triple P, parenting groups & social media. "Je parle aussi le français" and I love working, making connections, and raising my teen son & pre-teen daughter with my hubby in Halton.
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