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 Why we fail to keep up with health goals

Heightened expectations

If you do not create SMART goals but set your expectations too high, there is a possibility of failure. Always be prepared for missed achievements through the journey. But let them not pin down your efforts to move on. If it is dieting, do not deny yourself what you enjoy. Why not make it healthy by mixing up with what you like?

Thoughts of instant outcome

Changing your habits from the old to new may not be a walk in the park. Most people want microwave results that come in a few moments. I usually tell my clients to better go the marathon way if they want to succeed in the journey because sprinting may cause giving up.

Why it leads to exhaustion

Failure to keep going raises feelings of frustration, regret, guilt, and disappointment, which can be taxing to the body. It may also cause anger, which can result in exhaustion.

How we can set up manageable steps.


Consistency is significant in achieving success. It comes with effort but avoid making it forceful just because you want change. Sometimes I ask my clients why they did not show up, and someone would say that they did more than enough in the past few days. Well, that is fine but it is best to do small steps that will take you a long way.

Get lessons from mistakes

If you ever bounce back along the way, please do not be hard on yourself. Remember you are human, thus likely to experience setbacks. I recommend learning from the mistake and creating ways to avoid it in the future.

Do not forget to reward yourself

Achieving a milestone is worth self-rewarding. Doing this to a positive change, regardless of how small it may be, will possibly inspire more achievements.

Charlotte Cremers
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MS, University of Tartu
Sleep specialist

Using the acquired academic and professional experience, I advise patients with various complaints about mental health - depressed mood, nervousness, lack of energy and interest, sleep disorders, panic attacks, obsessive thoughts and anxieties, difficulty concentrating, and stress. In my free time, I love to paint and go on long walks on the beach. One of my latest obsessions is sudoku – a wonderful activity to calm an unease mind.

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