Why I don’t make ‘New Years’ resolutions

Welcome to 2018!
What a year 2017 has been – we celebrated a year of making Jamu commercially in November and had an amazing year of firsts – new stockists, new customers and more turmeric and ginger than I have ever seen in my life!
Making Jamu was never intended to be a business – it started out as something I had learned to make on a trip to Bali a few years ago and became part of our family’s routine. Over time so many of our extended family and friends were asking for some when they were run down or sick I was making Jamu more often than not! It made me realise that it wasn’t just me struggling with staying well and keeping my immune system functioning – it’s a struggle for everyone!

As I’ve talked about before, my ‘struggle’ with my immune system has been a lifelong one and its most often my actions (knowingly and unknowingly) that have contributed to how my immune system has responded. The good news about that is a lot of our immune system health can be controlled by what we do! The environment we live in, the food we eat and other lifestyle choices.

Anyone that knows me knows that I am no puritan when it comes to my health. Yes I would like to eat organic all the time, yes I would like to exercise everyday, yes I would like to get 8 hours of sleep every night, yes – I wish I didn’t like having an alcoholic drink BUT I am also not going to beat myself up about all of that – I’m also a working mum, wife, lover of gardening and being outside and enjoying life and we aren’t unicorns living in Utopia – let’s call that BALANCE!

Why Meghan Markle doesn’t make New Years Resolutions either
I think that’s why I don’t like New Years resolutions and I don’t think big resolutions work – and it turns out I’m in pretty good company! Turns out the soon to be Princess, Meghan Markle has stopped making New Year’s resolutions too – Why? Because she set, big, un-realistic and often un-achievable goals (that when she looked back on she never achieved anyway). Now I don’t pretend to have too much in common with royalty (apart from vomiting through two pregnancies like Kate) but I really am admiring Meghan’s attitude to her New Year – ‘add some magic in and have some fun’ – in other words, worry less and stop beating ourselves up for not achieving these goals! from https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/meghan-markle-new-years-resolution/

We often set these goals like ‘I’m going to get healthy this year’ – without actually having smaller, achievable goals with short term time frames that we can actually stick to. It sounds so simple doesn’t it?– just get healthy! Our rational brain knows exactly what to do – eat healthy foods, exercise regularly and look after your mental health. EASY PEASY RIGHT??!!!

Instead of New Years resolutions I like to work on something small as a focus until I can make it a habit at any time of the year (or in some cases – realise its not something for me and that’s OK!) A great example is smoothies – man, I have given these things a huge go, how great is it to pack all those nutrients into one convenient container and sip away whilst doing something else BUT I JUST DON’T LIKE THEM! I think it’s the texture. So, after attempting to build smoothies into my routine for a number of years (and then beating myself up because I never stuck with them and now have thousands of dollars of supplements in my cupboard!) I’ve finally given myself permission to let go of this one – smoothies are not my thing! That doesn’t mean to say they aren’t healthy or they aren’t a great thing to do for other people – I just don’t like them and that is OK.

I think particularly in this world of social media bombardment, increasing pace of life and ever-changing food and nutrition ‘fashion’ it’s even more important to focus on what works for you (and your family) and not worry so much about the ‘next big thing’ in nutrition. Our systems are all different – so why can’t the nutrition and lifestyles we choose be individual to us too?

So, this advice is almost as much to remind me of my commitment – to not worry too much about the lifestyle choices I don’t achieve in making a habit – but focus on the fact that I am probably healthier now in my 40s than I was in my late teens and early twenties! If that’s not proof that a little bit of balance and making small changes throughout your life still has as much impact long term (if not more) than trying to make big ‘resolutions’ every year I don’t know what is!

Have you reflected on any ‘resolutions’ you made in the past? Did they work? What sorts of habits have you managed to change?