Set New Year’s resolutions you can keep!
When holiday celebrations are over, it is time to get back to daily life. With the arrival of a new year, many of us take a close look at the habits we have established over past years and consider setting New Year’s resolutions to make some changes. The end of one year and the beginning of the next can feel like a fresh start. It is only natural to set goals for the coming year. Unfortunately, resolutions are difficult to keep.
How can you set New Year’s resolutions that you can actually keep? Community Access Network is here to help! We’ve pulled together some of our best tips to help you make reasonable promises to yourself and meet your goals with success.
Be honest about your health.
The first step toward reasonable resolutions is honesty. How is your current health, and what needs to change to improve it? For many, the answer is to lose weight. If you want to lose weight, what do you need to do? Your eating and exercise habits will have to change. Once you make an honest assessment of your health and are ready to make your resolution, take a look at our next tip.
Set specific goals.
Goals such as “get in shape” are made and then quickly broken. They are too broad to lead to success. Instead of using such general terms to describe your goal, consider something more concrete and specific. What health issue are you worried about? Turn that into a resolution. Instead of “lose weight,” pledge to lose 10 pounds (or how much you’d like to drop) by eating well. Instead of “get healthy,” set a goal to exercise for 20 minutes every day.
Remember, specific goals pave the pathway to successful New Year’s resolutions.
Create a plan.
Maybe your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight by exercising 20 minutes a day. When will you exercise? What will you do? What are your milestones? Envision what you need to do to complete your goal. For example, walking every day for 20 minutes after work is a practical plan. Want to eat foods that are better for you? Plan to eat at least one vegetable with every meal.
Create a plan to make your resolution a reality. Make reasonable goals with set deadlines and work toward them every day. When you reach a milestone, share the good news with others and celebrate your accomplishment.
Is your New Year’s resolution to get serious about your health? At Community Access Network, we are dedicated to our clients’ health and well-being in every area of life. Give us a call at 434-818-7880 or stop by our office today to learn more about how we can help.