The New Year is finally here, which means it’s time to make a long list of resolutions that will ultimately be broken. For this reason, many people avoid resolutions altogether. After all, if you don’t make any resolutions, then there is no way to break them.
However, this doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, with a few tips and tricks, your resolutions may actually stand a chance this year.
So how can you make sure your new year’s resolutions are a success? How can you learn to set realistic goals and reach these goals throughout the year?
1. Start Small
When the New Year rolls around, many of us want to make some major changes in our lives. However, we often bite off more than we can chew.
For example, if you’re New Year’s resolution is weight loss, your first thought may be to get a gym membership and go to the gym every day. While this enthusiasm is a good start, it’s not a realistic way to achieve your goal.
It’s always best to start small when you’re planning to make a lifestyle change. So instead of going to the gym every day, try going 2 to 3 times a week instead. Once you get into the routine of going twice a week, you can slowly increase how often you workout.
Additionally, if your goal is to eat healthier, start small. Try replacing dessert with something else you enjoy, like fruit or yogurt, instead of seeing your diet as a form of punishment.
2. One Change At A Time
Many people see New Year’s as a way to completely change everything in their life for the better. However, it’s important to keep in mind that change takes time. By giving yourself a long list of life changes to make, you can end up becoming overwhelmed and increasing your anxiety.
It’s impossible to change everything in your life all at once. So don’t get overwhelmed and think that you have to reassess everything in your life. Instead, work toward changing one thing at a time.
3. Receive Support
When making changes to your life, having a support network is crucial. If you feel your resolutions are starting to fail, reach out to a friend for support.
Let them know some ways they can help you if they see you are falling off the wagon. Additionally, if you feel overwhelmed or unable to meet your goals on your own, consider seeking professional help.
Psychologists are uniquely trained to understand the connection between the mind and body. They can offer strategies as to how to adjust your goals so that they are attainable. So don’t try and start your New Year’s resolutions alone, make sure you have a support group to back you up.
4. Don’t Beat Yourself Up
One of the most important tips to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t beat yourself up if you start to falter. Remember that minor missteps when reaching your goals are completely normal and OK.
In fact, these missteps can help you learn and adjust your goals so they are more attainable.
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.
The Key Takeaway
All in all, New Year’s resolutions are often difficult to keep, but they don’t have to be. By adjusting your goals and taking things slow, you have a much higher chance of keeping your resolutions this year.