Staying committed to your New Year's resolutions is sometime easier said than done. Research shows that more than half of all resolutions fail.
This year, challenge yourself to keep your resolution. In order to do that, you can follow these tips and suggestions.
How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions
- Be realistic and specific: Let’s be real, becoming a millionaire or traveling to every single country in a year are not realistic goals to have (but good luck if those were the resolutions you made). So when you’re thinking about resolutions, level with yourself and pick a goal that you can reach – however small it may be. And make sure it’s specific; a general and vague goal is more likely to fall by the wayside than a specific one. For example, if you want to lose weight, how much weight do you want to lose, and by when?
- Create a plan: Once you decide what your resolution is, outline a plan to make that resolution happen. It could be a timeline or a step-by-step plan. Whatever way you choose, building a plan for you to follow will help you stick to your resolution, and even track your progress.
- Start small: A smaller resolution is less daunting, and can be easier to keep. For example, if you’ve never done any running in your life, but want to run a full marathon in six months, that may be a difficult goal. Instead, you can try setting a smaller goal for yourself, like being able to run three miles in three months.
- One at a time: It’s easy to get carried away with thinking about all the positive changes you could make in your life, but doing so could be a problem. If you put too much on your plate (pun intended), it might make it harder to keep any of your resolutions. Instead, pick one or two to really focus in on and commit yourself to. You can always save your other resolutions for next year, or once you’ve completed your most important ones. It may be tempting to eat the entire pie, but in the long run, you’re better off eating just one slice.
- Hold yourself accountable: If your resolution is to go to the gym three days a week, it’s possible that you might miss a few days, and tell no one. If you’re the only one responsible or aware of your resolution, it is tempting to have cheat days or be less committed to your resolution. By sharing your resolution with someone, and asking them to keep you accountable, you increase your chances of sticking to your resolution. Making your goals public, or even putting down money as an incentive can force you to stay committed.
- Find a community: Surrounding yourself with like-minded people can help you feel less alone in reaching your resolution, and encourage you to keep going. Finding a runner’s group, a writing workshop, or even close friends who have similar goals could help you keep your goal.
- Be kind to yourself: No one is perfect, and if you miss a day of working out or treat yourself to a cheeseburger, it isn’t the end of the world. Try not to criticize or punish yourself for slipping up – but make sure it doesn’t happen again. Sometimes, progress isn’t always a straight line.
How can Apicha CHC Help?
If you have any health-based resolutions, Apicha CHC can help. You can schedule an appointment with one of our primary care providers, nutritionist, and SNAP administrator. We also host a number of workshops for transgender and gender non-conforming folks.
Want to make some healthy changes in your life? The following blogs might help you get there:
- Top New Year Resolutions for Your Health
- Romaine Calm: Nutrition Tips for the Holidays (And Beyond)
- Taking Care of Your Mental Health During the Holidays
- Wellness Tips for the Changing Season
- How to Lower Your Heart Age