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December’s Indulgences and January's Uncertainty

Updated: Jan 30, 2023

Some of us might have passed last two weeks of last year eating poorly, overindulging, and “living in the moment.”

We tell ourselves we’ve earned this after drudging through yet another tough year.

What’s wrong with that?

Experience tells us this reward system results in a “holiday hangover”, leaving most desperately searching for health and wellness to start the new year.

Are you still putting it off, figuring that “there’s not much you can do” or “maybe I’ll eat more mindfully next week”?

Researchers from Columbia University found that the more uncertain an outcome the more unlikely we are to take action on the perceived result of our decision-making processes. Simply put, we do less when we know less.

Given the level of uncertainty we all have felt of late, it makes sense that we think about the future more, but act on it less and less.

Maybe, as we are still in the first month of the New Year, your health is on the forefront of your mind.

Given we know this, how might we change our habits through the rest of January if we were to make each decision based on the goals we set for ourselves and not the feelings of the current moment?

For example, what if, when presented with the option of a second plate, a third drink, or a late night, we think in terms of outcome? How might we feel, act, or function better just by saying "No, thanks"?

By analyzing and acting based on a future state instead of the present, we change the game. It’s as simple as being present in the moment but living for tomorrow!

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