5 Tips for Sticking to Your New Year's Resolutions

5 Tips for Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolutions

1. Be specific. Rather than saying, I will eat healthier, try: I will substitute my midday snack from chips to a piece of fruit. Instead of making a large goal, break it down to smaller goals. Instead of saying: I will quit smoking on January 1st, try: I will substitute one of my smoking breaks with a brief walk.

2. Surround yourself with support. Is there a significant other, friend, or coworker in your life that will help you achieve your goal? Tell them about your resolution and let them know how they can best support you. Try: I’m excited to be more active this year, will you take a walk around the Bunker Hill Monument with me during our breaks on Tuesdays and Thursdays?

3. Know that it is okay to fail. There will be days where life will not go as planned and that is okay. A bad day does not mean that your resolution is all for not. Be patient with yourself.

4. Make alterations throughout the year. Maybe you find that your plan for going to the gym for an hour a day isn’t practical in your schedule anymore. Know that it is okay to alter that plan to better fit your lifestyle. Instead of a consecutive hour, try taking four 15-minute breaks throughout the day to stretch and take a walk.

5. Reward yourself. Look at what you have accomplished! Reward yourself for the little accomplishments along the way to help you stay motivated to continue your resolution throughout the year.

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