Welcome to January! A time where people make those sweeping declarations of a lifestyle overhaul as their New Years Resolution. Your social media will likely be full of these public pledges of change for the New Year and inspirational quotes telling you “2019 is your year” “New Year New You” and “Believe In Your Dreams”. However, we all know that these resolutions made on 1st of January tend to fizzle out for many people as the weeks and months pass. We at CMS are not fans of these radical changes to lifestyle and recognise how difficult it can be to maintain big changes made overnight. Something we do believe in and know a lot about is goal setting. Our Case Managers, Psychologist and Therapists all work closely with clients to set personalised S.M.A.R.T goals.
A S.M.A.R.T goal is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-specific. You may have made a few resolution for 2019, the common ones being to lose weight, get fit, drink less alcohol and give up smoking. While these are all excellent lifestyle changes to make and will ultimately benefit your health, setting yourself several big challenges all at once can be overwhelming and difficult to achieve. We recommend you start small and focus on changing one behaviour at a time. Break your over all aim into smaller goals and think about how you can make each one a S.M.A.R.T goal.
Here is an example of how to do it. Your aim is to lose a stone by Easter – 21 April 2019
Your SMART goals could include:
- Reduce biscuit intake to one per day by 31 January 2019
- Go for a 30 minute walk x 3 per week by 28 February 2019
- Attend gym class twice per week by 31 March 2019
For January the CMS team are running a ‘Health & Fitness’ theme, kicking off with our internal training this week from our Physiotherapists Shikha Zalpuri Kapila and Amanda Campbell. Shikha and Amanda will be discussing ways in which the team can incorporate exercise into our day. We’ll also be sharing tips and resources on our Twitter and Facebook for improving your health and fitness, all with a focus on making attainable and realistic changes. You can join in and share ideas using the hashtag #GiveItAGoal
Wishing everyone good luck in achieving your goals and we’re looking forward to an exciting year ahead. Hope you all have a wonderful 2019!