A New Year‘s Resolution you’re going to like!

It’s that time of year again, where many of us have made lots of promises of how the year ahead is going to be our best year ever. So how are you getting on? If you’re struggling we might be able to explain why. We’d also like to set a little challenge which we think you might like!

Perhaps you’ve decided to lose weight or get fitter. Many people give something up like smoking or drinking (anybody out there doing the Dryathlon for January?). Some people decide to extend their skills by learning another language or taking up a new sport. According to research, 40% of us take part in the annual ritual of making a New Year’s Resolution. However, recent statistics show that only 8% of New Year’s resolutions on January 1st actually get fulfilled.

At Lavender and Stone, we’ve done a bit of research as to why most people fail and apparently we set ourselves unrealistic goals. The key is to make any goal a habit first. And most importantly, make it a small one. Here is a list of examples of how this translates to some of the 3 most common New Year’s resolutions:

  • Resolution: Quit smoking vs. Habit: Stop smoking that 1 cigarette you have every morning after breakfast
  • Resolution: Eat healthy food vs. Habit: Start substituting that 1 daily morning chocolate bar for a piece of fruit.
  • Resolution: Lose weight vs. Habit: Every evening after work, go for a 2-3 minute run or walk around the block.

So we’d like to invite you to make a resolution that will be easy to keep. Rather than “make more time for me”, how about “book a monthly treatment”. When you come in for your appointment, make your next appointment for the month after and then it becomes a habit which is much easier to stick to.

Sometimes life can feel like one long to-do list. Once you’ve ticked off work, childcare and running a house there never seems to be enough time left for much else – least of all you! If you feel like you are a slave to your phone, constantly checking emails, messages and social media then set aside certain times of the day when you check your messages and make sure you switch off altogether after a set time. This will also allow you more “me time”. If you think you haven’t got time for a monthly treatment, then you are probably in need of it more than you realise. We’ve all heard about the importance and benefits of “me time”, including improving both your physical and mental well-being. It’s during this time where you can fully let go of everything that takes up your stress or worry and just enjoy things for what they are.

So who would like to accept our challenge and make sure you make some time for relaxation and recharging throughout 2019? We currently have a number of offers in all 4 salons to help you decide which treatments you might like to try first. Wishing everybody a very happy and healthy year ahead.