Achieving New Year’s Resolutions
Every new year is a new opportunity to achieve personal goals and make constructive changes to your life. The tradition of adopting New Year’s resolutions is practiced by many, with some choosing themes or words to live by during the year. The idea behind these resolutions should be based on personal or financial growth, but many feel stress or disappointment related to their resolutions.
Instead of resolutions motivating you, some may feel like demoralizing obstacles or boundaries are in the way of your goals. For resolutions related to mental health, physical health or job achievement, there can be added stress of being able to prove to those around you that you have succeeded in your resolutions. What may start out as an encouraging resolution could devolve into a stressful situation.
This can be avoided. Instead of a daunting to-do list, resolutions can serve as inspiration and encouragement. Listed below are a few tips we at ITM Group recommend to help you achieve and maintain your New Year’s resolutions:
- Make it measurable
A great way to make sure that your resolutions are healthy and achievable is to make them measurable. Avoiding a broad resolution and breaking it down into measurable actions helps the resolution seem doable. If your resolution this year is to increase physical activity, then setting aside 30 minutes a day to walk outside is an example of how to make it measurable.
- Keep it attainable
Keeping your resolution attainable is another recommended tip to help you achieve it with ease. Start small and take it step-by-step. A resolution to seek mental health can be obtained by setting a goal to reach out to a counselor and schedule one appointment. After the first appointment, schedule the next. The step-by-step decision allows you to take each day as it comes but make small changes to better tomorrow.
- Talk it out
Resolutions are a common tradition, and it’s likely that you may share a resolution with someone you know. Finding those with a similar resolution and routinely discussing it can help you stay on top of your goals. Even in the more virtual present-day lifestyle with COVID-19, talking with those around you about your goals is a great motivational tool. Resolutions are individual and not a competition, but you don’t have to do it alone.
- Be open and ask for support
Many resolutions can be difficult to begin if you don’t know where to start. Setting a goal of going to gym can be hard to achieve if you are unsure what gym routine to set. Asking those around you for support is not something to be ashamed of. Improvement and goal setting is never linear, and it is never as easy as social media makes it look.
Working toward improving your physical and mental health through setting a resolution happens one step at a time. A lifestyle change shouldn’t be a stressor, nor should it be about the extent of change. It is about you being the healthiest and happiest you can be.
Happy New Year from the ITM Group!