Millions of us will make a New Year’s resolution to improve an aspect of our health. After the overindulgence of Christmas, many people see the new year as an opportunity for self-improvement. Although our intentions are good, keeping a New Year’s resolution can be tough. Statistics show that 75 percent of people stick to there goals at least a week, and less than half (46%) are still on target 6 months later.
One thing to keep in mind, is that the New Year isn’t meant to serve as a catalyst for sweeping character changes. It ‘s a time for people to reflect on their past year’s behavior and promise to make positive lifestyle changes. Psychologist Lynn Bufka, PhD. says, “Setting small, attainable goals throughout the year, instead of a singular, overwhelming goal on January 1 can help you reach whatever it is you strive for…Remember, it is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.” I couldn’t agree with her more!
By making your resolutions realistic there’s a greater chance that you’ll keep them throughout the year, incorporating healthy behavior into your everyday life. Whether you’re are just starting or getting back on track with your New Year’s Resolutions, here are a few helpful tips:
Make resolutions that you think you can keep. Example; if your aim is to exercise more often, find something you enjoy doing and do it three or four days a week instead of seven. If you would like to eat healthier, try adding more veggies in your diet or replacing dessert with something else you enjoy, like fruit or yogurt.
Change one behavior at a time.
Unhealthy behaviors develop over the course of time. Don’t get overwhelmed and think that you have to revamp everything in your life. Instead, work toward changing one thing at a time.
Talk about it.
Share your experiences with family and friends. Consider joining a group to reach your goals, such as a workout class at your gym, a beginner’s class at the yoga studio, or a group of coworkers quitting smoking. Having someone to share your struggles and successes with, makes your journey to a healthier lifestyle that much easier and less intimidating.
Don’t beat yourself up.
Perfection is unattainable. Remember that minor missteps are completely normal and OK, when reaching your goals. Don’t give up entirely because you ate a cookie and broke your diet, or were unable to work out for a week because you were busy. Everyone has ups and downs; resolve to recover from your mistakes and get back on track.
Ask for support.
If you feel overwhelmed or unable to achieve goals on your own, get help from a professional. There are many professionals out there that can give you the support and tools to help you attain your goals.
If you have found it challenging to maintain a healthier eating plan and would like additional support and guidance to help you achieve your goals, schedule a Health Consultation with me today! Together we’ll explore concerns specific to you and your body and discover the tools you need for a lifetime of balance.
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Lisa Breitenwischer HHC, AADP