Year after year we set ourselves up for failure as we create outlandish and unattainable New Year’s resolutions. However, it is important for us to remember that New Year’s is a time to reflect on our past year’s behavior and how we can make positive lifestyle changes in the year to come.
You’ll have a greater chance of maintaining your resolutions if you stick to realistic goals that incorporate healthy behaviors into your everyday life. Here are some quick tips to help make your New Year’s resolution stick:
1. Baby steps – Make resolutions you know you can keep. For example, if you would like to begin eating healthier, try replacing dessert with something else you enjoy- like fruit or yogurt.
2. Take it slow – Replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones requires time so don’t get overwhelmed and feel like you need to reassess every unhealthy aspect of your life all at once. Instead, overcome one obstacle and change one unhealthy behavior at a time.
3. Talk about it – Tap into your social network of family and friends to share your struggles and experiences. You might even consider joining a support group or a workout class at the gym. Don’t be afraid to ask for help- confiding in those who care about you can help strengthen your resilience and ability to manage stress.
4. Don’t be too hard on yourself – Nobody is perfect. It’s okay to make mistakes in reaching your goals. Just because you slipped-up and ate a cookie or skipped out on going to the gym for a week doesn’t mean you’ve failed and you should give up. It’s normal to have ups and down. Make a goal to get back on track and recover from your mistakes.
You can do this! Focus on the journey, not the outcome. Stick to resolutions you actually have control over and have fun with it. Good luck on your endeavors this New Year!
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