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New Year's Resolutions That Last

Start with a Plan

Image of Notebook with a Page Title of New Years ResolutionsThough made with the best of intentions, most New Year's resolutions last about as long as the bubbles in leftover champagne. People who make realistic resolutions are more likely to keep those promises throughout the year. It’s best to plan manageable, positive lifestyle changes for the new year, instead of major life overhauls that set you up for disappointment.

Start small

Make promises that you can keep. Rather than make a resolution to exercise every day, aim to get to the gym three days a week. Instead of overhauling your entire diet, try replacing sugary treats with healthier options, like fruit.

Take a gradual approach.

Making lifestyle changes may take time. Don't expect miracles overnight. Try replacing one unhealthy behavior at a time.

Don't go it alone.

Talking about your resolutions and finding support can help you reach your goals. Try forming a group or take a class with others who have common goals. Having support and being able to talk about your struggles can make sticking to your resolutionsless overwhelming.

Give yourself a break.

No matter how hard people try, no one achieves perfection. Don't give up on your resolutions if you make a mistake or have a setback. Move beyond your slip-up and get back on track.

Ask for help.

If you feel like you need help to achieve your goal, seek the support of a healthcare professional. Psychologists are trained to understand the connection between the mind and body. They can help you find strategies that will make your goals more attainable and help you cope with challenges, including unhealthy behaviors, stress
and emotional issues.

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