New year, new resolutions

It doesn't have to be overwhelming to make positive change.


Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? Making them can be easy, but many people don’t actually stick to them. Making resolutions requires change, which can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be.


Put thought into your resolutions

What do you want to achieve in the new year? What habits do you want to change? Would you like to exercise more or maybe learn a new skill? Whether you make them or not, the toughest part is sticking to them. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Write down your resolutions and how you plan to achieve them.
  • Make small changes that are easier to maintain.
  • Track your progress.
  • Schedule time in your calendar (e.g. for workouts).

Set yourself up for success

The key to achieving your resolutions is to first create realistic goals. Being specific helps you track progress and know exactly which steps you need to take. Also, find someone to hold you accountable. You’re less likely to let someone else down than yourself. And most importantly, be kind to yourself. Accept that you will have setbacks but don’t let it stop you.

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The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for professional health care. You should consult an appropriate health care professional for your specific needs.