It is especially unsettling if your New Year’s resolutions list is as extensive as your grocery list. Now, not are you only suffering from a post-holiday slump, you have already broken several of your resolutions and it’s not even the end of January. It’s all too sad when not long after the last of the holiday decorations have been packed away for another year, you are already suffering the frustrations of a gym membership you have yet to use or other failed resolutions you made that were supposed to make you a healthier human being.
There are a few things here to keep in mind. First, the new year isn’t meant to serve as a catalyst for broad eating and exercises changes. You will be better served if you simply spent your last few days of the year reflecting on the positive changes you did make. Second, you can make life-changing decisions anytime during the year.
However, if you are adamant about making a list of New Year’s resolutions, there are ways in which you stand a better chance of reaching your goals.
When compiling your list of resolutions, start off small and keep goals reasonable. For example, if you resolve to visit your New Orleans chiropractor more frequently, don’t aim for daily visits. If you wish to go to the gym more often, don’t resolve to make it there four or five times a week. If you miss this goal, you become disappointed and may even give up. But if you resolve to hit the gym once or twice a week, you give yourself a goal that is more easily attainable. And you pat yourself on the back when you get to the gym three times in one week.
Change One Thing at a Time
It took a long time for you to develop all of your bad habits, don’t expect to change them all at one time. It makes perfect sense to work on one bad or unhealthy habit at a time, it will also lead to better success. Just thinking about having to stop smoking, drinking, eating healthier, losing weight and getting more exercise is kind of mind-boggling.
What you need to do is to change one aspect of your life at a time. For example, when you have stopped smoking, move on to eating a healthier diet.
Accepting help from those who care about you is another way to better reach your goals. If you are overwhelmed because you can’t reach your goals, you may want to consider seeking the help of a professional. Either way, you need somebody you can talk to who will help you when you need it.
Don’t Let Yourself Get Down
You need to go into this knowing you will have a few missteps along the way. You aren’t shooting for perfection here, just aiming at becoming a person with healthy habits. Just because you couldn’t resist that brownie or you skipped a few days at the gym, shrug it off and move forward.