Is 2022 the year you’re finally going to deal with your incontinence? First, a round of applause to you for such an important resolution. As anyone with stress urinary incontinence (SUI) knows, leakage can have some pretty dire effects on your life. A simple cough or sneeze can leave you wet and upset. So, resolving to end the misery is pretty much the best form of self-care you can engage in.
That said, research shows that nearly two-thirds of people who make New Year’s goals abandon them within a month. Want to avoid winding up a part of that sad statistic? These tips can help you stick to your dryness resolution.
Focus on How
No doubt about it, eliminating leakage is a worthy goal, but being even more specific may help you actually accomplish it. Ask yourself, How are you going to achieve it? Strengthening your pelvic floor is the answer—the pelvic floor is the group of muscles that helps you hold in your pee. Kegel exercises will do just this. You can do them manually by slowly tightening the muscles—as if you are sitting on a blueberry and lifting it—until you feel your muscles rise. Hold for 10 seconds and then relax and release.
But back to your resolution: Rather than just saying you want to stop leaking, focus on the how. That way, whenever you think about it, you’re reminding yourself what you need to do. For example, rather than saying you want to stop your incontinence, your resolution could be that you are going to do kegels regularly until it goes away.
Work Smart, Not Harder
Cheaters never prosper, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find easier ways to meet your goals. Say you’re trying to eat healthier but are short on time. There’s nothing wrong with opting for the pre-cut veggies at the store if they’re going to help you stick to a healthier meal routine. The same goes for doing kegels. Sure, the manual kind are fine. But many people do them wrong, which can make leakage worse.
INNOVO can make sticking to your plan a heck of a lot easier. It is a safe, convenient, all-in-one treatment for SUI that offers an easy, at-home solution clinically-proven to treat urinary incontinence. In just 30 minutes you’ll get 180 kegels delivered right to your pelvic floor muscles with every session. Use INNOVO for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, for 12 weeks as a proven way to treat bladder weakness. And 80% of women see significant results in as little as four weeks.
Remember Your Why
Regularly stop and ask yourself: Why are you committed to eliminating your pee problems? Maybe it’s affecting your marriage—a number of women say that SUI prevents them from wanting to get intimate with a partner. Or perhaps you miss your favourite HIIT workout class that you had to stop going to because all that intense movement made you leak.
Whatever you reason, keeping it top of mind can serve as fuel. An even better idea? Journal about your why once a week. Writing down goals has proven to be an effective tool in helping people actually turn them into a reality.
Reward Yourself Along the Way
Keeping track of your progress and celebrating it is a great way to stay motivated! After a few weeks of focusing on strengthening your pelvic floor, you should notice a difference—even if your incontinence isn’t completely gone. Maybe you’re leaking a little less or are even going full days without an accident, that deserves some self praise!
A fun way you can pat yourself on the back? Wear an outfit you may have previously been scared to, like a light coloured pair of pants or high-waisted jeans. Basking in the glory of a soon-to-be leak-free life will give you that extra nudge you need to really see your resolution through.