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New Year, New You

by Kristen Hogan | Jan 07, 2022

It’s finally the New Year, and that means it’s time for our New Year’s resolutions. Resolutions can be any type of change that you want to make.  From working out and eating healthily, to trying to read more books, there are several different types of resolutions you can make.  

For me, the hardest part of a new Year’s resolution is keeping up with it and staying motivated after the first few months. So, I found 3 tips to help you keep your New Year’s goals on track. 

The first tip is to make sure that your goals are more approach-oriented than avoidance-oriented.  This basically just means that you don’t want to punish yourself.  For example, instead of saying you want to stop eating unhealthy food, you can say you want to start adding one fruit or vegetable to every dinner. This method has been proven to have more successful outcomes and more people are continuing their resolution at the end of the year.   

Our next important tip is to make sure you have a support system. Now I’m not saying that you need someone to badger you into keeping your goal, but it’s important to have someone that you can talk to and share your goal. For me, I talk to my sister.  Each year we pick similar goals, so it's helpful to talk about where we are at, and we bounce ideas off of each other. It’s also helpful to have someone to encourage you and to help you to stay on track.  

The last tip is to be easy on yourself. You might mess up, and that is okay. It’s difficult to try to introduce a new habit into your life, and you need to give yourself the grace to mess up and try again.  Remember small changes can make a big difference in the long run.  

So, all in all, just be sure that you plan a resolution that is a positive change and be kind to yourself.  Everyone will need a different approach to a resolution, and here at the Y, we can help you get started with yours.  

 

References: 

“Making New Year’s resolutions that stick: Exploring how superordinate and subordinate goals motivate goal pursuit.” Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being