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How to Make Healthy New Year’s Resolutions You Can Stick With

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It’s that time again – time to think about ways we can make better ourselves and set up for a successful year. Do you get excited about New Year’s Resolutions or do you dread the turn of every year?

If you’re the second, maybe it’s time to take a look at why you don’t enjoy setting resolutions. Maybe it’s because you never seem to reach them. Don’t worry: You’re in good company. Luckily, there are a few tricks that can make your resolutions more attainable.

  1. Be realistic. A big part of reaching goals (especially long-term ones) is avoiding self-disappointment by being realistic. Be honest with yourself: You probably won’t lose 20 pounds in one month. Instead, aim for five.
  2. Make them public. If you keep your resolutions to yourself, you’re the only one who can hold yourself accountable. By telling other people about your goals, you’ll have loads of accountability and will be much more likely to reach your resolutions.
  3. Write them down. Seeing your goals on paper is super helpful for actually sticking to them. Even better, pin a copy of your resolutions somewhere public or somewhere you’ll see them often, like the refrigerator or above your desk.
  4. Keep a log. Whatever your resolution is, it can be helpful to log your progress. Let’s say you resolved to stop eating added sugar. Keep a food diary to hold yourself accountable and if you do veer off-track, you can even write down why it happened and how it made you feel.
  5. Be patient with yourself. Many people give up on their resolutions before they see results because they feel like it’s taking too long. That’s the beauty of setting big goals: Your hard work pays off tenfold! Before embarking on your resolutions, make a promise to yourself that you’ll be patient.

Even though the new year has already begun, it’s not too late to develop your healthy new year’s resolutions. If you’re feeling stuck, talk with one of our providers for guidance and accountability. Call us to schedule an appointment or click our online scheduler.

Amanda Capritto

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