Conquering Your New Year's Resolutions
Millions of people are setting their New Year’s resolutions and will dive in with the best of intentions! We all know change can be difficult and many of us set unrealistic goals and burnout quickly. Below are four helpful tips from the American Psychological Association to make those New Year’s resolutions stick.
CHANGE ONE BEHAVIOR AT A TIME
Pick one goal to start. Keep it simple. If you want to change your life or your lifestyle, don’t try to change the whole thing at once. It won’t work. Instead, pick one area of your life to change to begin with.
When your goal is overwhelming or unrealistic it is difficult stay on track! For example, if you’re looking to start exercising, set a goal for a 20 minute walk (3 days a week) instead of a 45 minute walk (5 days a week). Start small and add time after 1 month of success.
TALK ABOUT IT
Write down your goal and share with your family/friends. Add your goal to both of your calendars or a place that serves as a daily reminder. This will hold you accountable.
DON'T BEAT YOURSELF UP
If you miss a day of exercise, eat a brownie instead of fruit, or fall off course, do not beat yourself up. No quitting and no punishing yourself. You self-correct and jump back in the next day and continue forward as though you didn’t miss a step.
Wishing you a happy and healthy 2023!