Stick to Those New Year's Resolutions!
While it may be tempting to make a list of New Year’s resolutions that’s as long as your arm, it’s important to remember that it’s actually a time to reflect on the past year’s behavior and promise to make positive lifestyle changes.
By making your resolutions attainable, there is a greater chance that you will keep them throughout the year, incorporating beneficial, healthy behaviors into your daily life. Here are five strategies that will help you stick to the changes you want to make this year:
1. Be realistic. Make resolutions that you think you can keep. So for example, if your aim is to get off the couch and begin an exercise regimen, start out with four days a week at the gym instead of seven or make a daily walk part of your new routine. If you would like to eat healthier, try replacing dessert with something else you enjoy, like fruit or yogurt, instead of seeing your diet as a form of punishment.
2. Change one behavior at a time. Don’t get overwhelmed and think that you have to reassess everything in your life. Instead, take small steps and work toward changing one thing at a time.
3. Write down your resolutions. People who put their goals on paper are significantly more likely to achieve them than are those who just make mental declarations. For extra effectiveness, post your goals in several places where you will see them often
4. Get support. Consider joining a group to reach your goals, such as a workout class at your gym or a group of coworkers who are quitting smoking. Keep your family and friends abreast of your resolutions, too. Having people to share your struggles and successes with will make your journey to a healthier lifestyle much easier.
5. Go easy on yourself. Remember that minor slip-ups when reaching your goals are OK. Don’t give up completely because you ate a candy bar or skipped the gym when your best friend was in town. Resolve to recover from your mistakes and get back on track. And when you are meeting your goals, be sure to give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back!
Contrary to popular belief, keeping your New Year’s resolutions isn’t really about willpower. It’s about developing the right attitudes and strategies that will lead to long-term success.