Don’t Just Make New Year’s Resolutions: Keep Them!
With a new year comes the inevitability of setting resolutions, and breaking them within a matter of days or weeks. Many look at the New Year as a blank page, a way to write a new, healthier story for themselves. Here are some tips that might help make those
Be realistic about what you’d like to accomplish. Don’t try to quit smoking and lose weight and eat healthier and… Set smaller goals, and be specific. Instead of, “I want to lose weight,” try, “I want to lose 15 pounds by Memorial Day.”
Have a Support System
Ask for the support you need. Family and friends can help you stay motivated on those difficult days, and they can even join you in your pursuit of a better self. If you’ve resolved to work out more, have a friend sign up for some exercise classes with you. On the days you just don’t feel like exercising, that friend could be the one to get you up and moving (and vice versa).
If you’ve successfully gone two weeks without smoking or if you’ve lost those first five pounds, reward yourself in some small way. You’ll likely remain motivated to continue and eventually attain your bigger goal.
Work on Whole Health
January is the time for resolving to be healthier, and it’s the perfect time to schedule those annual physician visits. After all, you’re working to get healthier, inside, and out.
Challenge yourself in 2018! Ask for the help you need, celebrate your successes along the way, and if you do slip-up, realize you are human. Slip-ups are bound to happen, but don’t let them lead to abandoned commitments. Here’s to a happy, healthy new year!
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