Creating Healthy Habits

By Julia Elder

Happy New Year! New year means New Year’s resolutions. The start of a new year can be a clean slate for anyone! Planning what resolutions, you will want for the new year can be daunting. Many set high expectations for the new year and in just a few weeks’ time they slip up and give up. This article will take you through how to set those resolutions and how to keep them. Your resolutions don’t have to be big elaborate goals, you can have many small goals that will be achievable.

When setting a goal be realistic and specific. Many people see the new possibilities of a new year and set these high expectations that they never meet. One may find more success in setting a few smaller goals that are achievable. You also want to specific with your goals. Don’t be vague with the goals. The more specific the better. A few examples could be:

  • Drink 8 cups of water a day
  • Compliment someone each day
  • Stop procrastinating
  • Limit time on the phone

Hold Yourself Accountable

There are different ways to hold yourself accountable for your resolutions. Many people make a vision board at the beginning of the year to set out the goals. Pull out the magazines and start cutting. Another idea is to write down the goals. It is more likely that a goal will be achieved if it is written down. You can go back and look at what goals you have set to remind yourself.

Expect Setbacks

There is a possibility of falling off the wagon. Obstacles are inevitable. Don’t beat yourself up over it, just pick yourself up and keep going. Don’t forget why you set those goals. Go back to the vision boards or your list of goals. There is no shame in getting off track just bounce back!

Just Go for it

If you don’t start now, when will you? The longer you wait the harder it will be to start. Make that commitment to yourself to carry out the goals you have set. If you start now you have set yourself up for success.

Remember, your goals don’t have to be crazy over the top. Resolutions are meant to better you as a person. There is nothing wrong with getting off track, it is about how you rebound and refocus on those goals. You have the ability to reach your goals; expect setbacks, plan ahead, and go for it! Make 2021 the year you follow through with your resolutions, this is your year!

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