By Vanessa B
It is one thing to make resolutions when you are spending a lot of time indoors by yourself, but quite another to stick to them when you are outside, surrounded by people again (fingers crossed). While some people thrive on that slightly competitive nature that can come from sharing resolutions with friends, others find it much easier to set goals in private that they can work on without the added pressure of scrutiny. It’s much easier to go for that evening jog when you know you can’t go to the pub because the pubs aren’t actually open, for example, and it’s easier to eat healthily when you aren’t passing the takeaway on your commute home every day.
There are a lot of reasons to be excited about things opening back up this summer and getting back into the hustle and bustle of socialising, sightseeing and frankly, just being out of the house. But it’s important to remember that you might need a little extra support to make sure that you don’t fall back into those old habits that you had before lockdown. Here are a few ideas to help you stay strong and live more healthily.
If You Made A Fitness Plan, Don’t Push Yourself Too Hard
With the sunshine back in our lives and limits on outside time reduced, not to mention gyms hopefully reopening in the not-too-distant future, it might seem tempting to turn the dial way up on your fitness goals. After all, you can go as hard and as far as you want now, right?
But anyone who has ever worked on their physical fitness long-term will tell you that it’s all about making a plan with achievable goals and sticking to it. When you start aiming too high, you run the risk of missing some steps, and that’s when the routine starts to falter. So, by all means, run a little further or push a little more, but don’t go too hard too fast.
If You Switched To Vaping, Keep It Fresh
While vaping isn’t exactly new, we are still seeing more and more people making the switch as a way to get off cigarettes, and we all know how difficult that process can be. A lot of people have managed to successfully say goodbye to tobacco over the last twelve months in lockdown, but we also know that it can be particularly difficult not to backslide when you’re surrounded by people still engaging in your old habit.
If you want to make sure that you keep to your vaping pledge, then one of the most effective ways to keep it interesting. Don’t let yourself get sick of the same old sub-ohm liquid flavor, explore the huge range of different liquids available! Ranging from pudding tastes like a blueberry muffin to classic fruit flavors like apple, from mint to bubble gum, you are never going to run out of new favorite e-liquids to discover. If you want to have a look at just how many sub-ohm liquid flavors there are out there, Aquavape’s online store is loaded with options with free shipping on orders over £25.
If You Have Quit Drinking, Tell Your Friends
Of course, cigarettes are not the only tough habit to put behind you. The first few months of lockdown saw a worrying rise in the number of people suffering with alcohol dependency, and if you have made a real effort to get yourself on the right track and off drinking then you might be worrying about whether you’re going to be able to stay the course when you’re hanging out with your friends again.
If you have any concerns about whether you’ll be able to say no to a buddy offering you a drink, then think about getting out ahead of the awkward situation by telling them ahead of time. It can be difficult to share vulnerability with friends and there is always the worry that they will somehow be judgemental, but you will be surprised at how supportive people can be when you are making a real effort to take care of yourself and be healthier. And remember, if they aren’t supportive, then maybe they don’t deserve your company.
If You Are Saving Money, Make A Budget
One of the few advantages of the lockdown was that a lot of the ways in which we would usually lose sight of our saving goals have been thrown out of the window. With things opening back up again, you might be worrying that all those extra savings you’ve been making while you’ve been stuck at home not making non-essential purchases might disappear.
To help make sure that you stay on top of your outgoing transactions, you need to get on top of your organisational skills. Make a budget, make a plan, and think about downloading a finance app on your phone that can help you plan ahead and warn you if you’re dipping into the red.