Thank you, Lord, we made it to see another year. It’s such a wonderful time of year and means so many different things to people. We live in such a challenging environment, an almost worthless currency, basically zero electricity and a day- to-day struggle that manifests in negativity to one another. We need love!

This period, some people get depressed because the New Year appears to be a trigger to engage in excessive self-reflection and rumination about the inadequacies of life (and a ‘victim’ mentality) in comparison with other people who seem to have more and do more. Self-love is so important, you have to love yourself before you can love others, a quote I love says ‘you cannot pour from an empty cup’. So here are some tips for starting 2018 on the right note.

Focus On The Positive

Instead of feeling stressed out about all the things you have to do, try and focus on the positive side of it. The new year can be about helping others, celebrating the season and feeling joyful. So don’t worry about the 25 gifts you had to buy over Christmas, instead, think of it this way: You have so many loved ones in your life! Remembering that is the best way to figure out how to be positive.

Learn To Deal

Here’s one of the best tips I can give you: Learn to deal. There’s always going to be someone that tests your patience or some situation you just couldn’t have seen coming. So just block it out or walk away. That’s called adapting.


One of my favorite tips for how to be in the right frame of mind is to learn to laugh it off. If something goes wrong or doesn’t turn out like you expected, just smile and shrug it off. Getting upset won’t change it anyway!

Don’t Vent

Recent studies have shown that venting doesn’t always make you feel better; in fact, it can make you feel worse! Re-hashing a bad experience, whether in your mind or out loud, just causes the same release of those negative hormones. You’re better off just to forget the whole incident and move on with your holiday cheer!

Do Something For You

Between attending parties, looking for petrol, cooking, taking care o fkids, and organizing Christmas parties during the holidays, you have got to make room to breathe! So have a nice bubble bath or whatever relaxes you.

One of the best ways that I can think of being better is by doing better, taking care of your health through diet and exercise is probably the most important decision you can ever make. Here are some more tips:

Keep Moving Each Day

Research confirms that physical activity is essential to human health and is also an important catalyst in your weight loss efforts. Exercise doesn’t have to be in the form of a grueling 5 mile run or lifting heavy free weights. The key to using exercise to fuel not just your weight loss efforts, but also your personal wellness, is that you need to do something to stay moving each day.

Set 30 to 40 minutes aside each day for some type of aerobic or resistance activity. The best part is that your time can be broken down into convenient 10 or 15 minute segments and you’ll still receive the same health and weight loss benefits.


Set Realistic Goals

Often in our zest to reach a goal, we set unrealistic targets and time frames. When it becomes clear that the goal can’t be met, our best intentions are quickly forgotten. Goals like permanent weight loss must be accomplished slowly, for example, create a plan to drop no more than 1 to 2 pounds per week. This gives the body time to adjust naturally and make the necessary metabolic changes to maintain a lower weight.

Set Specific Goals

Make a plan to achieve a weight loss goal. Chart your day to include 3 well-balanced meals and develop a calorie-controlled menu that will allow you to hit your target. Schedule physical activity at a specific time as you would a business appointment. Avoid generalizations about diet and exercise, and be specific with regard to intent and end result.

Allow Yourself Room for an Occasional Slip

Everybody is human and inevitably you will make a small slip in your dietary plan. Fortunately, your body is very forgiving and does not assess caloric intake for a single meal or even an entire day. Allow yourself an occasional treat when you really need it to keep yourself moving forward toward your weight loss goal.

Photo by Damell Photography

Come Join The HIIT Squad

I will be running a New Year resolution fitness program in Lekki from the 8th of January, it’s called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and only needs 30 minutes of your time. Burn maximum calories in minimum time! We’re mixing cardio and strength training at a high intensity to give you the ultimate full-body workout. Sessions run every 30 mins from 6am-9am and 6pm-8pm, Monday to Saturday. The address is 13b, Adebayo Doherty, Lekki 1 (5 min walk from the bridge). Price is N2000 per session.

Stay lean, come and join The HIIT Squad and start 2018 the right way.



Photos by Damell Photogaraphy for Glazia.




About the Writer

Maje Ayida is a Nigerian wellness coach and CEO of award winning health and fitness brand, Eden Lifestyle. The brand’s corporate wellness program services various industries in Nigeria, from Banking to Oil and Gas.  Educated in the UK, Maje spent 10 years in the UK banking industry. The founder and owner of the popular fitness facility in Lekki, The HIIT Squad,  Maje and his team host  fitness event series, ‘HIIT Hangout’. Connect with Maje on Instagram 

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