With a new year soon arriving, many of us are thinking about ways to improve and change for the better. But how often do we make resolutions, full of determination for a day or two, and then completely run out of steam early on? Here are some tips to make it more likely to stick this year.
How to Start
Keep in mind that it takes at least 21 days to make or break a habit. So build that timeline into your thinking pattern.
Try picking just one goal, at least for the first few months. This will help you focus your energy, since it’s hard to juggle multiple lifestyle changes.
Write it down, particularly somewhere that you’ll see it every day and think about it. Not only that, but write down a weekly progress report and share with a close friend. This has proven to get the best results.
Break your goal into smaller steps. “Lose 10 pounds” isn’t just about trying hard. It’s about making decisions about what to eat and when, as well as exercising. Break those down into small chunks. The same goes for any other type of goal.
Partner with a friend who has a similar goal, and hold each other accountable. Even if you miss a milestone, it’s good to know someone supports you.
Reward yourself when you hit a milestone or the whole goal. You’ll feel even better about it, and have a little fun.
We’re ready to face the new year with some invigorating plans and motivation to keep up with our ideas. For thoughts on ways you can improve your health and your life, give us a call at 717-747-3099 or click here to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Melanie Ochalski
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