Nearly six weeks ago, almost half of us made New Year’s resolutions. Many of those resolutions were commitments to our health and well-being such as eating healthier, getting more exercise and taking better care of ourselves in general. However, statistics show that nearly 80% percent of those vows will already be abandoned by the second week of February. It is easy to make light of New Year’s resolutions and our inability to keep them but when it comes to our health and wellness we may want to strengthen our commitment to really make it stick this time. There’s no time like the present, right!? So, how can we help ourselves beat those odds? Here are a few tips.
Create a Plan
How are you going to achieve this goal? Define why you created the goal in the first place. Most of us would agree that it would be great to lose 10 pounds, but that is the objective, not the reason for the goal. Think about the real reason behind your goal. Write out your goal and visualize your strategy for achieving it. Set frequent benchmarks throughout the year and check in with yourself on a regular basis to make sure you are staying on target.
Set a Few, Realistic Goals
Having too many goals can be overwhelming and discouraging. If you have a lot of goals you’d like to reach, prioritize the top two. Work on them, and when you’ve accomplished them, stop – celebrate, and then move on to the next two. You may find that accomplishing these initial goals will give you extra motivation and make it easier to accomplish more goals in the future.
Even one goal can be quite the undertaking when you consider the number of behavior changes that are required. Make sure your goals are reasonable and achievable. Goals should be challenging but not impossible! If you have a big goal, such as losing 100 pounds, set smaller intermediate goals and remember to celebrate each time you achieve an intermediate goal before moving on to the next one.
Use the Buddy System
Having a friend or colleague help you with your resolution could be the extra inspiration or encouragement that is essential to your success. Voicing the goal to someone works to cement the goal in your mind and create accountability.
Even if you didn’t make an official New Year’s resolution, you might still be looking for some new ideas to rejuvenate your health and wellness. Many of these are fun and quite manageable:
Try drinking more water, getting at least seven hours of sleep, or scheduling your annual primary care visit.
Here’s to making positive health and wellness changes and to beating the odds!
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