The holidays are over, the leftovers are almost gone, you’re going back to work and you have made your New Year’s resolutions that are going to stick! Or maybe your New Year’s resolutions are as long as your grocery list.
As we all come off of the high (excitement or stress) from the holidays it’s important to remember New Year’s isn’t meant to be a facilitator for massive character changes. It’s a time to reflect on the past year and look forward to a fresh start and maybe some positive changes.
We have come up 5 tips for helping you keep your New Year’s resolutions.
- Resolution to goal: change the terminology. When you think about goal setting, you realize that it’s a process that requires effort, where a resolution is a decision/intention. It has to be more than a wish, but it’s only the first step in reaching a goal.
- Create an action plan: it can be overwhelming when you decide on a major goal for the year. Break it down into smaller more manageable steps.
- Encourage, don’t discourage: it’s easy to feel discouraged when you are not achieving the end goal quickly. Stay positive, look for small signs of improvement and celebrate them. And don’t dwell on your mistake if you slip into old habits.
- Talk about it: Share with your goal with family and your friends. Having someone to share your struggles and successes with makes the process easier and less intimidating.
- Seek support: Some changes entail facing the unknown can be difficult. Calgary Counselling Centre is here to help. calgarycounselling.com
And remember, if you stray from your goal that’s ok. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Start again from where you left off and track your progress from there. You are already half way there, because you recognized the lifestyle change that was important to you to make. Take it one step at a time.