Making Resolutions a Solution

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Now that all of the holiday décor has been packed away, the holiday remnants have been thrown away and we have said goodbye to 2015. It’s time to welcome the year 2016 with open arms and all of the changes it will bring.

The New Year serves as a stimulus for changing old behaviors. Individuals reflect on the past year’s behaviors and make resolutions to turn their bad habits into better ones. How many resolutions have you made in the past and not exactly stuck to them? Chances are you have made plenty of resolutions, but you have not followed through with them.

How many of those resolutions involved losing weight or getting fit? When the new year rolls around many people make it a resolution to shed those few extra pounds, take fewer trips to the dessert table and blow the dust off the old stationary bike. Although they seem simple, they become hard to stick to and not worth the time.

So, why are resolutions hard to stick to?

The most common obstacles individuals run into during the new year is that they create long-term goals that are carried out throughout the course of the year. Many try to change all of their unhealthy habits at one time rather than focusing on one habit individually. Another obstacle arises when resolutions are not being achieved or no one seems to be showing support for the effort being made.

New year’s resolutions have been given a bad connotation over the years because people do not stick to them. January 17 is commonly known as the day resolutions are ditched, but it is time to fix that. Here are a few tips for sticking to this year’s resolutions.

  • Start with something small. If you want to eat healthy, try replacing dessert with a healthier alternative. If you want to exercise, schedule three days out of your schedule to do some type of physical activity.
  • Change one behavior at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to change unhealthy behaviors all at once. Focus on one unhealthy habit individually until you feel it is time to move onto another.
  • Remind yourself of your goals every day. It can be hard to stick to change behaviors, but it can also be difficult to remember what you are trying change. Write them down in a noticeable place or store them in your phone.
  • Keep track of your progress. Write down your goals and check them off when you have reached them.

As you reflect on last year’s behaviors and start planning your resolutions, be sure to keep those few tips in mind. It can be hard to change those old habits because they have become a part of our daily lives and the presence of temptation seems to always be lingering around. Rather than making your resolutions a statistic, make them a success story for you and for your peers. A new year means a new start and the possibilities are endless. This year make your resolution a solution.

Lisa Burbage

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