Wondering what that whooshing sound you keep hearing is? Oh, that’s right – it’s the year flying past before your eyes!
Yes, the year is half gone. But rather than panicking about your unfulfilled ‘best-laid plans’, the team from Chris Hemsworth’s fitness app Centr has introduced us to a new concept: the mid-year resolution.
It’s easy to start fretting about what you’ve done (or not) for your health and wellbeing so far. If you find yourself nervously saying, “Wow! This year is just disappearing!” a little too often, now’s your chance to take stock.
Try these practical tips from Centr’s trainers, chefs and mindfulness experts to turn that anxiety into productive thoughts, so you can leap forward months with confidence, joy and energy.
It’s not over yet!
There’s something to be said for taking a positive spin on things. If you feel like you accidentally misplaced six months, look on the bright side: you’ve got another six months to go! That’s another six months to learn a new skill, master your form in the gym or finally nail a chef-level dinner recipe. Think about what you’ve achieved so far – maybe you can finally touch your toes or a minute-long plank – and then think about how much further you can push yourself with another six months of commitment.
Like weather and taxes, there’s not much you can do about time, so try a mindful approach. Sit down and consider why the year “running out” worries you so much. Try meditation and mindfulness, and don’t beat yourself up about letting stress get to you. Making a mid-year resolution will help you feel like you’re taking back control and will quiet that little voice of self-doubt. Take strength from the knowledge that little changes can get you back on track.
Consider your options
You now have a more realistic idea of what this year will be like than you did in the early hours of January 1st, so reassess your goals. Maybe you thought this year would be all about running, but actually, you’ve become intrigued by Pilates. Maybe you committed to mastering seafood cooking, but you’d actually like to try a plant-based lifestyle. Any time is a great time to make changes, so why not start now?
Turn the pressure down
The great thing about a mid-year resolution? There’s a lot less pressure to make ‘big changes’ in July than there is in January. You’re not making a big New Year’s Eve announcement about all the ways you’ll be better, stronger or happier. You’re not trying to match anyone else’s goals or dreams. You’re making these choices for you. So, sit down, think about what you really want to do and commit like no one’s watching.
Visit Centr and do a high-energy workout from Tiffiny Hall or try an easy meat-free recipe from Dan Churchill.
© Prevention Australia
First published: 17 Jul 2019