Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution

By Griffin Hospital on 1/12/2017

New Year’s Day is traditionally the day to start a new phase in your life and make important changes to improve your health and lifestyle. However, the post-holiday season can also often a busy and stressful time, which can quickly unravel your plan to change.

As you start your resolution, it’s important that you don’t set yourself up for failure. Here are some easy steps to help you make this year’s resolutions stick.

  1. Pick one. If you want to change your life or your lifestyle don’t try to change everything at once. Instead pick one thing in your life to begin with. Make it something concrete so you know exactly what change you’re planning to make. If you’re successful with the first change, you can plan to make another change after a month or so.
  2. Make it realistic. Don’t pick a New Year’s resolution that’s bound to fail, like running a marathon if you’re 40 pounds overweight and get out of breath walking up stairs. Instead, choose a resolution you know you can keep – like resolving to walk every day. When you’ve got that habit down, which usually takes about a month of sustained activity, you can graduate to new goals – like running a mile.
  3. Anticipate roadblocks. Think about what obstacles might prevent you from keeping your resolution and how you will manage through them. Are there times of day that will be difficult or people who might be naysayers? Make a plan for how you will overcome these challenges so they don’t get in your way.
  4. Pick a start date. It doesn’t have to be January 1. Pick a day when you know you’ll be well-rested, enthusiastic and surrounded by positive people.
  5. Write it down and carry it with you. Write your resolution down on a card. You can carry in your wallet, keep it in your car, by your bed, or on your bathroom mirror for an extra dose of positive reinforcement. Look at it daily to remind yourself of what you’ve committed to and why it’s important to you.
  6. Plan rewards. Small rewards are great encouragement to keep you going during the hardest first days. Pick something small like a movie, a magazine you like to read, or time with a friend. Try not to make it food, especially if your goal is to lose weight.

Griffin Hospital is here to help you achieve your goals. Whether you want to start an exercise program, quit smoking, live well with chronic conditions, or lose weight for good, Griffin has a variety of wellness programs and classes to help you get to a new you!

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