Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

Yes, it’s that time of year again; time for New Year’s Resolutions. The time of year when we feel optimistic and tell ourselves we’re turning over a new leaf. The time when we imagine that the arrival of a new year will provide the drive we need to accomplish all the things we’ve been meaning to do in the past year. The beginning of the year is also one of the worst times to make a major change in your habits because it’s often a relatively stressful time, right in the middle of the party and vacation season. We’ve compiled a few tips for making healthy New Year’s Resolutions that you’ll be able to manage and stick to in 2016.

HEALTHY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS – START WITH ONE

One of the biggest mistakes we make is to change a lot of things at once, which shocks us out of our routine and dooms us to fail before we’ve even started. Recognizing your larger goal and breaking it down into smaller steps is also a good way to make a lofty goal more achievable. If you want to build up to running a marathon, starting with walking everyday, getting yourself active is the first step on that path.

GET S.M.A.R.T.

One of the tricks of the trade to revamp your goal-setting is to use S.M.A.R.T. goals, which stands for:

• Specific (What do you want to achieve?)
• Meaningful (Why is this important to you?)
• Attainable (Can you realistically make this happen?)
• Relevant (Does this seem worthwhile? Is it applicable to your current situation?)
• Timely (By when do you want to achieve this?)

This criteria forces you to sit down and think through the changes you want to make, and ensure that you plan out how to make them happen, when you want to achieve them by, and how you are going to get there. Rather than throwing out an intangible like “I want to lose weight”, S.M.A.R.T. goals lead you to say: “I want to lose 5 pounds by April so that I feel good at my next doctor’s appointment.”

ANTICIPATE PROBLEMS

With any long-term goal or desire for change, there will be bumps in the road. What matters most is that you get back up and keep going. Even if you modify your goal to match your current situation, the important thing is making a plan to get back into your new routine.

REWARD YOURSELF

Small rewards are great encouragement to keep you going during the first couple of months. Identifying something that you really enjoy and letting it be a reward once you’ve accomplished a step towards your larger goal will help keep you motivated and on the right track.

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