It’s almost the end of January… have you been consistent with your New Year’s resolution? Whether it’s exercising more, learning a new skill, or getting organized, we want you to achieve your goals for the New Year!
The new year is a great time to change bad habits or create good ones. The only problem? Resolutions are much easier to make than to keep. Here are three tips on how to make your New Year’s resolution stick:
1. START SMALL
Committing to a resolution that’s too broad could result in relatively quick failure. You may want to lose 20 pounds but putting too much pressure on yourself right away may cause you to radically change your normal behavior. This could sabotage your efforts and make it too difficult to continue.
Instead, make small changes in your routine that are easier to follow. If your resolution is to eat healthier, immediately starting a restrictive diet may not be the most user-friendly option. You could start by replacing less healthy foods with more nutritious options one at a time. Take yourself and your schedule into consideration!
2. GET SPECIFIC
Avoid making your resolution too broad. “Being more productive” and “saving money” are great goals, but how are you going to achieve them? In which aspects of your life do you need to be more productive? How much money are you going to save?
Rather than saying, “I want to lose weight,” commit to losing 10 pounds. If you want to read more, try reading one book every month or even just 20 pages every night. Choosing a specific, achievable goal allows you to make a plan and stick to it.
3. CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESS
Bad habits can be formed over several years, so it’s only expected that it may take a while to break them. Give yourself credit for the little changes you make! Celebrate the small successes. If your goal is to lose 50 pounds, losing two pounds is a start — change is a process. It’s easy to feel discouraged when you don’t pay attention to anything but your end goal.
Choosing the right goal and planning how to achieve it can make or break the success of your New Year’s resolution. Be kind to yourself. No matter what they may be, REACH is here to help you fulfill your goals for 2022!
If your New Year’s resolution involves more exercise, a healthier lifestyle, or stretching regularly (wink wink), we want to be a part of your journey! Book your first Stretch & Recovery therapy session for free with REACH! If you’re already a member, book your next recovery session.
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