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10 Tips for Setting New Year’s Resolutions

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You’ve survived the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and are settling into a new year. You’ve made those New Year’s resolutions to lose the extra pounds, eat healthy, exercise every day, get organized, learn a new hobby, and save more and spend less.

But by the time February rolls around, you’re telling yourself that extra piece of cake won’t hurt and you’ll burn those calories off the next week you go to the gym because, let’s face it, you’re exercising less and less and those trips to the gym take up time and it’s too cold to walk outside. By April, your house is a mess and you give up trying to organize. Then summer rolls around and between ball games, vacations and family get-togethers, there’s simply no time to learn that new hobby. And, before you know it, the holidays roll around again and you just can’t resist buying those extra presents.

Wait.

Did the year pass by already and you didn’t keep your resolutions?

You’re not alone.

According to Forbes.com, studies show that less than 25 percent of all people with good intentions of following through on their New Year’s resolutions stay committed throughout the first 30 days, and then only 8 percent accomplish them.1

Here are ten tips for setting New Year’s resolutions:

  1. Be realistic. A successful resolution needs to be realistic to be achievable.
  2. Be specific. A specific goal is measurable, and you know when you reach it.
  3. Make small, incremental changes. Small changes are easier to implement than drastic changes.
  4. Identify your why. Why are you setting the resolution? Name the benefits of that specific resolution.
  5. Write it down. Putting it on paper takes it out of your head and is a good reminder for the upcoming year.
  6. Have accountability. Ask a supportive person to walk alongside you and help encourage you.
  7. Talk about it. Tell your family, your coworkers, your pets – anyone! – about your resolutions.
  8. Track your progress. Keep a log or journal of your progress to help keep your goals fresh in your mind.
  9. Encourage positive self-talk. Stay positive, even if things get tough. Take things one day at a time.
  10. Extend some grace to yourself. Beating yourself up is not helpful. Progress is not linear.

If you’re making mental wellness a priority in 2020, Prairie View is here. Call us at 800-992-6292 or visit www.prairieview.org.

Heidi Goerzen is a Licensed Master Social Worker at Prairie View. Brent Ide is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and the Lead Clinician for Access Services at Prairie View. Brent is also certified in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). Prairie View has appointments available; please call 316-284-6400 or 800-992-6292 to schedule.

1Prossack, Ashira. (2018). This year, don’t set new year’s resolutions. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashiraprossack1/2018/12/31/goals-not-resolutions/#3459e7043879.