Seven Tips for Making and Keeping Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

February 1, 2013 at 3:55 pm Leave a comment

If you are the type of person who makes healthy New Year’s resolutions but never keeps them, the following suggestions can help you achieve your goals this year and in the future:

  1. Don’t abandon the idea of setting resolutions because you have broken them in the past.
  2. Be realistic. Pick a safe, attainable goal with a realistic timeframe.
  3. Don’t make too many resolutions. Pick one or two themes – such as stress control, healthy eating, smoking cessation or fitness improvement – that are most important to you, and set reachable goals within these areas.
  4. Set resolutions based upon your own wishes, desires, goals and dreams and not those of society or people close to you.
  5. Plan intermediate goals if it helps you maintain control. Decide where you’d like to be in three or six months, and check yourself then.
  6. Use the buddy system. Rely on friends to support you in your resolutions, and do the same for them. Social support can be a great strengthener of motivation.
  7. Plan a reward for yourself when the resolutions, or intermediate goals, are met.


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