How to stick to your New Year’s resolution

Published: Monday 1st January 2018 by Courtney Farrow

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Happy New Year! Here are some tips for sticking to those pesky New Year’s resolutions.

If you haven’t given up already, we’ve rounded up some great ways for achieving your goals this year. Whatever you want to improve in 2018, we’re supporting you all the way.

Stick to one

Only make one resolution. You’re more likely to succeed in one small goal than you are several at a time. Focus on one new thing that you can really concentrate on, whether this is eating healthily, reading more or drinking less alcohol.

Think realistically

Don’t choose a resolution that you’ll never be able to achieve, such as completely cutting out chocolate for the rest of your life, or going for a run every single day. Accept that there are going to be some days when you can’t work out, or when you might fancy something sweet. Examine your lifestyle and see what you can practically accomplish.

Consider what really matters to you

You’re not going to smash your New Year’s resolution if your heart just isn’t in it. Avoid falling into the trap of following the crowd and instead opt for something that you definitely want out of life. This could be travelling more, starting a new business venture or even living a minimal, non-materialistic lifestyle.

Write it down

One way to help you decide this is to write down and seriously think about your values and what kind of person you are and wish to be. After this, you will be able to think more clearly about which New Year’s resolution is right for you.

Break it down

If it all gets too much and feels a bit overwhelming, break down your resolution into simple baby steps. You can’t expect to be able to run a marathon overnight, after all. Scribble down the stages you’ll have to get through to be able to fulfil your dream.

Tell someone

Announcing your new life choice to your friends and family can be a bit daunting, but it will hold you accountable for your actions. Tell a trusted person about what you’re aiming to achieve and they will more than likely be glad to help you out.

Why not get someone else on board and have a New Year’s resolution buddy? It doesn’t matter if their goals are different from yours – you can still check how each is doing throughout the year.

Track your progress

If you’re not comfortable sharing your resolution, take control yourself and track your own progress. Grab a notepad or open the notes app on your phone and write down how you’re doing. Whether this is how many weeks you’ve stopped smoking or how many days you’ve chosen to walk instead of getting the bus.

Expect setbacks

Don’t get too frustrated if you do revert back to your old habits. You’re only human and should treat any failure as a temporary setback. The worst thing you can do is give up altogether.

If you are thinking about changing your life in 2018, the NHS has a wide range of useful resources to lose weight, quit smoking, get active, drink less alcohol and eat more fruit and veg.

Whatever you choose to focus on this year, we wish you all the best!

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Published: Monday 1st January 2018 by Courtney Farrow

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