Making new habits for the new year?

A new year gives us a fresh start, and If you are like a lot of people, new-year-resolution-cartoon-1you probably resolved to start something new, like losing weight, or getting more organized. But a study by the University of Scranton reveals that only 8% of people achieve their new year’s resolutions!

How can you sustain your good intentions until they become part of your life?  Here are some suggestions:

  •  Set concrete, measurable goals. It’s easier to work on a goal like “list 1 thing to be thankful for each day” than “be positive” or “be grateful”.
  • one-step-at-a-timeWork on one small goal at a time. Any change brings some stress, and you want to give yourself just the right amount of challenge. Once you feel you have reached your goal, celebrate and move on to the next level! It usually takes 3 weeks to form a new habit … and you can give yourself a month for good measure!
  • Set up your environment to make it easy to achieve your goal. ForGym-Bags example, if you resolve to go to the gym regularly, fix your gym visits in your calendar, and get your gym bag ready the night before. If your goal is to eat healthy, throw out the junk food and always have a stock of healthy foods in your refrigerator.

Some people may need help giving up a bad habit or starting a new habit.  You can ask a friend or family member to give you friendly reminders and moral support.   A life coach or counselor may also help you deal with distractions and stay focused on your goals.  Call us for more details!


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