Now that February is here, many of those New Year’s resolutions probably seem like a distant memory. According to a story in U.S. News & World Report, “By the second week of February, some 80 percent of those resolution-ers are back home with a new kind of remorse staring back at them in the mirror – the remorse of disappointment.”
But if you are one of those brave souls still fighting to hold on to those promises you made to yourself, or you’re willing to give it one more try – we may be able to help! The American Psychological Association lists 5 tips to help you reach or rework your resolutions.
- Start small (make resolutions you think you can keep)
- Change one behavior at a time (don’t try to rework everything)
- Talk about it (share you experiences with family and friends)
- Don’t beat yourself up (perfection is unattainable)
- Ask for support (accept help from those who care)
National Public Radio recently ran a story titled, “Can Psychology Teach Us How To Stick To New Year’s Resolutions.” At the heart of the story is the idea of using more temporal landmarks to reach our goals. Click here or on the link below to listen to the entire NPR report.
The publication Quartz brought up a really good point for those of us who may have already let our resolutions slip away. It’s called “the fresh start effect.”
“At the beginning of a new week, the start of a new month, following a birthday, or after a holiday from work, people redouble their efforts to achieve their goals.
Why? Because … we’re always striving to be better. And when we can wipe out all those failures and look at a clean slate, it makes us feel more capable and drives us forward.”
Bottom line – don’t give up. Find a positive lifestyle change that you think you can attain and be willing to adjust your original resolution to make it work. We get it…..after all, we know there’s a lot of work ahead if we hope to reach our own goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!