The new year is approaching, and most people will make some sort of new year’s resolution aiming to a fulfilling and healthy lifestyle. You’ve probably made a resolution in the past and realized how it was effective for a few weeks or months until you totally forgot about it and went back to your original habits and lifestyle. So, is there a way to make a new year’s resolution stick for a longer time and make real changes in your life?
In this article, we will give you three different ideas for your new year’s resolution and some recommendations on how to actually make them a reality this time.
New year’s resolution ideas
Lifestyle resolutions: Are you living a healthy lifestyle? You may want to go to sleep earlier, floss every day or keep a journal. Or maybe you’re struggling with a bad habit you want to quit, such as alcohol or tobacco. These lifestyle resolutions may be hard to come true, and you can feel frustrated and quit if you don’t understand that a new habit takes a lot of time to become a part of you. Thus, you need to be persistent and continue reminding yourself how significant this new lifestyle change will be for you and your future.
Nutrition resolutions: They are excellent resolutions for next year, but you need to be specific and focus on a single nutritional modification. Vague resolutions such as “eat healthier” will not do. Be specific and say something like “Starting next year, I will eat at least 4 servings of fruits and 5 servings of vegetables every day.”
Exercise resolutions: Similar to nutrition resolutions, you need to be very specific with your exercise resolutions. Being more active is a desirable goal but find something you enjoy or do not particularly hate, such as walking around your block or enrolling in a group class. Keep in mind that starting a new exercise routine may lead to some muscle soreness, so don’t overdo during the first session and always listen to your body.
Tips to keep your new year’s resolution
You’re not the only one who finds it difficult to keep a new year’s resolution. The reason why quitting is so common is that most of us try to cover much more than we can handle and we don’t typically plan ahead. Leaving your new year’s resolution to New Year’s Eve is a bad idea, and people who do that end up making vague resolutions that won’t be focused on real and attainable changes.
Another thing you should keep in mind is that it will take time for this new resolution to become a part of your life. So, try to make a commitment for 21 days, which is the time it takes to build a new habit, and don’t become frustrated if you’re apparently not making much progress. Don’t become obsessed thinking and trying to control every detail, and let it flow, allowing for mistakes and making baby steps every time. Instead of feeling frustrated when something goes wrong, create a reward system to make you feel great when you make progress.
Congratulations if you decided to make a healthy new year’s resolution. Keep at it, remember how important it is for you, and use all these tips and recommendations to make it stick and change your life for good.
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