Tips to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

Many people make New Year’s Resolutions, but keeping them is a much more exclusive group. Maybe these resolutions sound familiar — maybe just like the ones you made a year ago!

By creating new habits, you can ensure that your determination to get healthier sticks around past Valentine’s Day. A new behaviour won’t become automatic overnight, but you may enjoy some of its benefits fairly quickly. So, keep nudging yourself in the direction you’d like to go. 

Be realistic: Goals can certainly be ambitious, but remind yourself not to try for something that’s too far afield or unrealistic. The surest way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable.

Plan ahead: Waiting until the last minute means that decisions may be based on the mindset for that particular day rather than a more measured approach. Resolutions should be planned well ahead.

Make a Pros and Cons list: It’s important to consider all the angles of a resolution. It may help to see a list of pros and cons on paper to strengthen the motivation.

Commit yourself: Make yourself accountable through a written or verbal promise to people you don’t want to let down. That will encourage you to slog through tough spots.

Track your Progress: Keeping track of progress can be a big help on the journey. Make note of each small success made toward reaching the larger goal. They are easier to keep, and will help with motivation.

Reward yourself: Encourage yourself to keep at it by pausing to acknowledge success as you tick off small and big steps en route to a goal. Small rewards along the way can help in giving a sense of achieving goals.

Stick to the Plan: Sticking to a plan is going to be the hardest part of keeping a resolution. Any time you fail to make a change, consider it a step toward your goal as each sincere attempt represents a lesson learned. 

Don’t Give Up! If a resolution has totally run out of steam midway, don’t despair. Start over again! There’s no reason a “New Year’s resolution” can’t be made at any time of year.

This year, stop the cycle of resolving to make a change, but then not following through!


Sources: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/seven-steps-for-making-your-new-years-resolutions-stick

https://www.verywellhealth.com/tips-for-keeping-new-years-resolutions-1942877

Author: Pallabi Sinha

I am a Nutritionist with 6 years of expertise in the field. I have a knack of convincing people to switch to a healthier lifestyle.