Year after year, the majority of the population makes a New Year’s Resolution and then shortly after, gives up. Half of the most popular resolutions are health related including: to quit smoking, lose weight, destress and to sleep more. These are all extremely important to live a healthy lifestyle and shouldn’t be ignored so easily. So, how do you fight the odds and keep your resolution?
- Make your goals realistic. Don’t set the bar too high for yourself. Take small steps to reach your ultimate goal. If you want to quit smoking, it won’t happen in a day and you shouldn’t expect yourself to do it that quickly.
- Teamwork makes the dream work! Find a few friends trying to reach the same goal and turn it into a group activity. Support is important when trying to make a big change in your life and a little competition doesn’t hurt.
- Don’t beat yourself up. “De-stressing” shouldn’t be stressful. If you feel like your new goal is getting in the way of your regular day to day activities and is too time consuming then you’re doing it wrong. Tiny steps.
Remember, any changes to your health, mind and body should be discussed with your regular physician. He or she can monitor your steps to goals such as weight loss to make sure that you are doing it in a healthful way, and even provide extra tips and/or helpful suggestions!
The Sharon Hospital staff is always standing by to discuss your health needs and we’d be happy to hear about your goals for the new year!
(Photo taken from Health.com “Top 10 Healthiest New Year’s Resolutions“)