It’s that time again. Yes, it’s time to pack up all your holiday decorations and prepare for the new year ahead. The start of a new year also means reflecting on the year that has passed and looking for ways to spark positive change in your life. New Year’s resolutions are a common way that people set goals for themselves in the new year. Maybe your goal is to eat healthier and exercise more, maybe it’s to get more organized, or maybe it’s to take more time for yourself, whatever your new year’s resolution is, it can be hard to stick with it. Let’s face it, some new year’s resolutions require entire lifestyle changes or large adaptations to our normal routine. In order to stick with your new year’s resolution and not let it fly out the window by mid-February, try following these tips.
Try to Start Small
It can be easy to set a new year’s resolution and feel motivated to jump in full force on January 1st, however, that can be an easy way to burn out and lose sight of your end goal. Instead, try starting small and working your way towards your new year’s resolution. Is your new year’s resolution to make it to the gym more? Try going 3 or 4 times a week to start instead of 7 days a week. Whatever your goal, starting small can be a good way to ensure that you don’t bite off more than you can chew.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Changing habits is hard. It requires a lot of time and energy to really change the way we go about our days so, don’t beat yourself up if you fall out of line with your new year’s resolution. In order to stay motivated and really stick with your goals, you need to stay positive. It’s okay to have a cheat day every once in a while. The most important thing is you keep a positive attitude about your new year’s resolution and realize that you’re trying to make positive changes in your life. It’s okay if you mess up, so don’t get yourself down.
Making changes in your life is never an easy thing. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your new year’s resolution, seek out support from friends or family. Having someone to talk to and air your grievances out about your newfound goal is a great way to relieve some of that stress. Whatever your new year’s resolution, having a support system is always a great way to find encouragement and motivation to stick with your goal.
You’ve already taken the first step in making positive changes in your life by setting a new year’s resolution, now all you have to do is persevere and stick with your goal. You can do it!