• Kirsten Smith

How to Stick to Resolutions This New Year and Beyond


New Year’s resolutions, and other self-improvement resolutions, can be difficult to follow through on. Like many other people, I’ve struggled to keep up with the goals I’ve set for myself. It can be hard to stay on the right path and make positive changes to your life, especially when we’re all so busy. I’ll talk about how you can stay consistent with your resolutions this New Year and beyond!


No matter when you set your resolutions or what they are, the tips I’ll go over should help you get started with your self-improvement goals! This way you can take better care of your mental and physical health.


Top Tips to Help You Stick to Your Resolutions:


There are tons of ways to improve yourself and set health goals this year. But how can you stick to your resolutions? In this section of the post, I’ll explore the best ways to complete your health and wellness resolutions this year!


1. Set Realistic Goals


The first thing you want to do is set realistic goals for yourself. You can challenge yourself with your resolutions and make significant changes to your health and well-being. However, your goals need to be manageable and realistic.


If you set goals that are too hard, then you won’t be able to stay consistent. Look over your resolution, and start off with small goals so you can stick with your resolution. For instance, if you want to start working out, set an attainable goal.


You can plan to work out for 20 minutes, five days a week. Then, as you gain more strength and endurance, increase the amount of time you work out. In short, if you have a small goal you can start to build it up so you will complete your resolution without burning out.


2. Make a Plan


Setting your goals is important for any resolution. You should also plan out how and when you will start and what steps you will take. If you are starting your New Year’s resolution plan ahead of time in December. Set when you will begin your self-improvement goals, and figure out what milestone you want to meet by specific dates.


Knowing what you need to do will make it possible for you to keep going and not break your resolution. You can also include what behaviors you will be avoiding. For instance, if you want to eat less sugar or minimize the amount of time that you are on your phone, outline how you will deal with this.


You can talk to a friend when you are tempted to break your resolution or you can come up with positive self-talk that will keep you on track.


3. Make Time For Yourself and Your Plans


You need to make time for yourself if you are going to cause measurable changes to your behavior and health. I know it can be difficult to find time for yourself. If you are serious about fulfilling your resolutions, then don’t forget to schedule time for your plans.


4. Focus on Your Mental Health


While you are scheduling out your plans, you can also make time to focus on your mental health. If you can find some free time, don’t be afraid to work on yourself and your own needs. Try to discover activities and hobbies that will make completing resolutions easier to manage.


This could include things like meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, reading self-help books, and even getting help from mental health professionals if you think you need it. Having a healthy mind will be a huge help as you try to navigate your goals and new lifestyle this New Year.


5. Prioritize Your Health


Your mental health is important, but you also need to pay attention to your physical health. Your resolutions might already feature some key health goals.


If you really want to prioritize your health, you need to commit to your goals and focus on building healthy habits that will improve your total well-being. Figure out what you need to do to boost your health, then build your plan around this information.


6. Spend Time With Family and Friends


Don’t isolate yourself while you try and complete your resolutions. It’s good to focus and find time to follow through with the plan for your self-improvement goals. You don’t have to keep your resolutions a secret from your friends and family.


In fact, it could actually help to talk about your resolutions with people you trust, as they can give you support and motivation as you try to make healthy changes. You might even be able to get friends and family to create their own resolutions, and you could hold each other accountable!



7. Track Your Resolution Goals


I also recommend tracking your resolution goals. Make all of your goals measurable. For example, you could decide to lose a certain amount of weight, work out for a certain amount of time, and eat a certain amount of calories.


Then either buy a journal or create a word document to keep track of these goals and see how close you are to meeting them. Keeping track of your goals on a regular basis will show you how far you have come and what results you have achieved.


8. Reward Yourself


It’s great to keep on track of your resolutions. You don’t have to be afraid to treat yourself when you have successfully completed one of your goals. Rewarding yourself is an essential part of the process, especially if you want to keep yourself motivated!


You don’t even have to break your resolutions. If you finish a goal, consider going somewhere special with friends, buying yourself new clothes, or you can even plan a day of rest and relaxation for yourself.


9. Be Patient and Don’t Give Up


Finally, be patient with yourself as you set goals and try to complete your resolutions. I understand how difficult it is to make lasting changes to your lifestyle. You might not make much progress at first. If you don’t give up and keep trying to make positive improvements to your life then you will see results. It’s just a matter of time and effort!


Conclusion


With New Year’s just around the corner, many of us are thinking about what resolutions to try out this year. Finding a way to implement these resolutions into our busy lives can be hard. I’ve found a lot of great ways to keep my self-improvement goals moving forward. I shared some of my tips in this post, so hopefully, you can follow through on your resolutions this New Year!

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