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5 Tips to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions

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Year after year we ring in a new 365 days by resolving to make change with New Year's resolutions. Though the tradition may seem a little played out, incorporating healthy habits into your everyday life can help you grow emotionally, socially, physically, and even intellectually. But we know sticking to your New Year's resolutions is much easier said than done. Use these tips to help you get started and keep you from settling back into old patterns later in the year.

 

Be specific and realistic 

 

Choose a specific and realistic goal like committing to lose 10 pounds, running your first 5k, or eating 4 servings of vegetables every day.

 

Avoid being ambiguous with your goal. Saying you’re going to “lose weight” or “eat healthier” won’t give you the opportunity to plan exactly how you’re going to achieve your goal. Being concrete with what you want and how you want is the best way to keep from abandoning your goal a few months into the new year. 

 

Don’t rush it 

 

Take it one day at a time. Making small, daily goals will make it easier to stick to your new habits and reach your overall goal.

 

Change doesn’t happen overnight. Trying to take on too much and making drastic changes to your normal behavior in a short amount of time is one of the many reasons New Year's resolutions fail. Remember the 21/90 rule. Commit to your goal for 21 days. After 90 days, your goal becomes a habit.

 

Talk about it 

 

Talk to your friends and family. Having a strong support system can help you stay motivated making your journey easier and less intimidating.

 

There will always be people who won’t understand what you’re doing or why you’re doing it, but don’t let that make you keep it a secretThere’s nothing wrong with asking for support. Without even trying to, you could encourage someone else along the way. While we may not be able to get in person support to stay safe during COVID-19, a friend or family member is always a phone call or Zoom away.

 

Don’t wait until the last minute 

 

Spend some time planning and make a list of things you might need do to achieve your goal. This will come in handy if you face any obstacles.

 

In theory, you should plan your New Year's resolution well before December 31. If it's too late for planning to start by January 1, simply pick another date. There’s no rule that you have to start your new habits the same day as everyone else. But without a plan in mind, you might quickly find yourself giving up. 

 

Change it up

 

Try not to choose the same resolution every year. You will be more likely to see real results if you try something new.

 

We’ve all heard it, “new year new opportunities.” Now that doesn’t mean you can’t try again. If you do choose to reach for the same goal this year, try spending some time evaluating what you did before, what worked, and what you could do differently.