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Make Your New Year's Resolution Stick

January 11, 2021
New Year Resolution

January is a month when many people reflect on the year behind and set goals or “resolutions” for habits they wish to change in the year ahead. The past year of 2020 was certainly a year with unexpected events. Reflection on last year and looking ahead to 2021 may look different than most years.

            Many New Year’s resolution include health-related goals like “eating healthier” or “exercising more.” Perhaps up on reflection of this past year, we changed health habits we were not expecting to change, like hand washing, mask wearing and online grocery shopping.

 

Achieving Healthy Habit Change

            Achieving health and happiness can be difficult and often requires intentionality. Everyday actions that lead to health and happiness are simply “habits.” Habits are repeated actions we do every day that define our life.  Changing habits is tricky due to their very nature – habits are actions repeated so often they seem to occur naturally.

            The necessary elements to change and pursue healthier habits are (based on Beckhard-Harris Change equation):

Regardless of the difficulty, most people do attempt to set and achieve health-related goals at New Years – a noble pursuit! As you reflect on the year that has passed and make resolutions for the year ahead, consider what “Being healthy” means to you right now. Which “status quo” of your health are you dissatisfied with enough to change?

            Before jumping to the obvious “eating healthier” and “exercising more” consider the toll this past year may have taken on your mental and social health. Perhaps consider health changes in the areas of self-compassion, positive self-talk and gratitude.

 

Tips and Tricks to Change habits

            Consider these tips and tricks to make your New Year’s resolutions into habits that stick:

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