Welcoming the new year is always a fun and exciting time. It’s the perfect opportunity for a fresh start and to kick in some new healthier habits! In this blog post, we’re going to list a few tips on how to make your new year’s resolutions, and how to stick with them!
1. Write Down Your Resolutions!
“People who write down their goals feel a greater sense of accountability and have a much higher chance of accomplishing them,” Elizabeth Ward, Ph.D., psychologist and performance coach in Boston reported to SELF. If you don’t have one already, get yourself a cute planner or journal to write down all of your resolutions. This is also a great way to stay organized and remember all of the things on your to-do list.
2. Start Simple & Small
If your goals seem too large and difficult to achieve, it may be discouraging and overwhelming to stick with them. Instead of making a huge goal one of your resolutions, take baby-steps and break them down to be more specific so they seem more achievable. For example, if your goal is to get in better shape, try achieving things like: drink more water (there are some great apps that remind you to drink water throughout the day!), go to the grocery store and buy specific foods, and go to the gym 1-2 twice a week on a specific day and time. Once you achieve the smaller goals, increase them and make them more specific. This method will keep you on track and more likely to stick with your goals!
3. Make Them Public!
Studies have found that when we share our goals with our friends or family, we feel more accountable to achieve them. Talk to your friends about their goals and your goals, and keep encouraging each other to stick with them. A lot of the time, you’ll find that you have goals in common, which will make it easier to stick with them if you do it together. Teamwork makes the dream work!
4. Adjust Your Goals & Techniques As You Progress
As you keep going with your goals, update them and elaborate on them as you go. Going back to your goals on the first day of each month is a great way to plan accordingly with your progress. It’s also important to remember that not everyone is the same, and if certain techniques aren’t working for you anymore, change them! For example, if you started by keeping a food log, but now find it a bit repetitive and unhelpful, stop doing it! As long as you have your diet down, or whatever it is you’re doing that’s working for you, trust yourself. And if certain techniques aren’t working for you, try something new!
5. Don’t Discourage Yourself if You Slip Up
Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to compare yourself to others. Keep reminding yourself that you’re working towards your goals and that any effort to achieve them is still an accomplishment. If you slip up, don’t beat yourself up over it! Stay positive and remember that forming a new habit can take some time, but the more you do it, the easier it will become.