Louise Trudel

The magic of the New Year

I don't know where we get this idea that at the stroke of midnight on December 31 of every year, we have the opportunity to become a different person.

As if by magic, we are transformed and everything becomes "better". A kind of Anti--Cinderella effect!

Aaaahhh yes.... the good resolutions

This annual trend affects about 25% of Canadians. According to the Leger polling firm, the highest intention to make resolutions is among 18-34 year olds (45%). This declines as they get older, with 25% of Gen Xers making resolutions and only 17% of Baby Boomers.

Health is popular!

The most popular resolutions concern health. Whether it's to lose weight, move a little more, change your eating habits, meditate or reduce your stress level, the will is there!

BUT... because there is often a "BUT"

The Good Fairy doesn't come in the same package as the resolution. Willpower, effort, planning, motivation, a partner (or support group) to be accountable to, in short, these are tools to "stick it out."

At least for a week or a month. After that? Too often it's a meltdown, letting go, failure, guilt.🤦

I have the solution!

In fact, I have several little solutions 😊

What will work is a series of new "good" habits.

The DOMINO Effect

James Clear, the author of "Atomic Habits", discusses this in his book. It's called the Domino Effect: pairing several small changes that add up to a larger change and - drum roll - a new identity.

And bam! Here comes the 12th stroke of midnight!

Cinderella and her cohort of magical mice become reality!

Enough with the jokes. It's working.😀

I've done it. I experimented with a series of micro changes last fall with the Herbanica group Bye Bye Stress: The Experiment. I reduced my stress and increased my productivity by changing a few small habits!

If you're interested in reading about how this experiment helped me reduce my stress and increase my productivity, check out the group's page on Facebook .

And if losing a few pounds or drinking less coffee are part of your resolutions, Herbanica has the products you need to get you started and I'll be there to encourage you.

Happy New Year 2021✨🥳😀

Take care of yourself...before and after the stroke of 12!

Lou 😀❤️

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