Making the New Year Count

Making the New Year Count

Photo courtesy of Google images.

Photo courtesy of Google images.

Another year has come and gone! Most of us are still processing that it’s a brand new year, and are overwhelmed with to do lists and New Year’s resolutions, oh and also getting used to writing 2015 instead of 2014! Don’t’ worry; you are not the only one feeling this way. There seems to be a lot of pressure associated with a New Year, such as New Year’s resolutions, things you want to accomplish, change, etc. It can be a stressful time, but here are some tips and pointers to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions, and some examples of healthy New Year’s resolutions. The best way to stick to your New Year’s resolution is to make it something realistic. Be realistic with yourself. This may sound obvious, but many people make outrageous New Year’s resolutions that they have no chance of sticking to. Most people give up their resolutions by April-June time frame because it was something unrealistic. Don’t make a list of 500 things you want to change, who could realistically do that?

Don't do this to yourself! Photo courtesy of Google images.

Don’t do this to yourself!
Photo courtesy of Google images.

If you make it something realistic and simple, that you know deep down you can accomplish with hard work, then you are setting yourself up for success, not failure. For example, if you work a full time job, have a family and children and many things going on, and your new year’s resolution is to go to the gym twice a day, every day of the week-this may not be possible for your situation and schedule. Whereas, going to the gym 2-3 times a week sounds more realistic, and you are more likely to stick with that because it is something you can actually accomplish. Also, the new year is what I like to call a “teachable moment” for those of you who have children. It is a great time to teach them to set goals for themselves, and how to accomplish those goals. Remember: Be a good example for them!! Another thing to keep in mind is to tackle one change at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself with ten resolutions or changes you want to make, and cram it all into January and February. You need to plan out the best time of week, month, or even year to really take that resolution head on. Most importantly, “Do it for YOU!!” Your resolutions need to be things you want to change, or accomplish, not what someone else wants you to change. You will never succeed if you just copy what someone else is trying to change themselves. They truly need to mean something to you. However, getting a friend involved in your resolutions, or using “the buddy system” is a great way to hold yourself accountable! Going along with sticking to our resolutions-how do we know what resolutions are healthy for us? Some of the best resolutions I have found are something nice and simple, and believe it or not, stress free!!! Here are some of the “stress free” resolutions you might want to add to your list:

  • Get more sleep

    Add these to your list!Photo courtesy of Google images.

    Add these to your list! Photo courtesy of Google images.

  • Stay in touch with family and friends
  • Volunteer or help others
  • Cut the stress out of your life
  • Redecorate your house or apartment home
  • Be more organized
  • Read more
  • Watch less TV
  • Learn something new
  • Make more friends
  • Be more positive

Some other great resolutions that may require a little more attention and effort are:

The New Year is a blank slate to start fresh and be the person you really want to be. New Years’ resolutions are meant to motivate you to be the very best you can be. If you try these helpful tips, hopefully it will make this stressful process a little easier-and maybe even enjoyable! Good luck!

It's a fresh start!  Photo courtesy of Google images.

It’s a fresh start! Photo courtesy of Google images.

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