Here are a few tips from DoctorsCare to help you keep those resolutions going for the rest of the year.
It’s inevitable that most of us don’t keep our well-intentioned resolutions for very long. Psychologist Lynn Bufka, PhD, of the American Psychological Association, says, “Remember, it is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.”
One SMALL step at a time:
- Make resolutions you can keep.
- If your aim is to exercise more frequently, schedule three or four days a week instead of seven.
- If you’re dieting, try replacing dessert with fruit or yogurt.
Change ONE behavior at a time:
- Don’t overwhelm yourself with a complete lifestyle change. Instead, work toward changing one bad behavior at a time.
- Talk about your experiences with family and friends. You might even want to join a support group like a workout group at the gym or get your coworkers to quit smoking with you.
- Having someone to share your struggles and your successes will make your journey easier.
Perfection is unattainable:
- Don’t beat yourself up for minor missteps or backsliding.
- Resolve to recover from your mistakes and get back on track.
Ask for help:
- Accepting help from your family and friends will strengthen your resilience and manage your stress.
- If you’re feeling overwhelmed, consider seeking professional help. Psychologists are uniquely trained to understand the connection between the mind and body. They can offer strategies to make your goals attainable.
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