When the New Year comes around, it can be exciting to create a resolution but daunting to try and keep that goal. The American Psychological Association shared tips on how to better stick to your New Years resolutions so that they can become habits instead of empty promises to yourself.
When making resolutions you want to start small so that they are easier to keep and feel more rewarding when kept. For example: if your goal is to exercise more, start with exercising 3-4 times a week instead of 7. Or try replacing dessert with something else you enjoy, like fruit or yogurt, instead of seeing your diet as a form of punishment.
Change one behavior at a time
Unhealthy behaviors develop over the course of time. Thus, replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones requires time. Don’t get overwhelmed and think that you have to reassess everything in your life. Instead, work toward changing one thing at a time.
Talk about it
Talking about it makes your goal more real and helps you stay accountable. You can share these resolutions with friends and family and help each other to reach these goals. Having someone to share your struggles and successes with makes your journey much easier and less intimidating.
Don’t beat yourself up
Perfection is unattainable. Remember that minor missteps when reaching your goals are completely normal and OK. Don’t give up completely because you ate a brownie and broke your diet, or skipped the gym 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
You can consider seeking professional help if you are overwhelmed or unable to meet your goals on your own. Accepting help from those who care about you and will listen strengthens your resilience and ability to manage stress caused by your resolution.
For more information visit: https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/resolution