New Year’s Resolution Survival Guide

I’m sure most of you have already put some thought into potential New Year’s resolutions, while others may have written those off a while back as promises made only to be broken a month or two later.

Let’s face it, this is the time of year when the gym memberships come rolling in and the health foods stores tend to become a little more crowded with people trying to do what they think they should. “New year, new me,” right?

Not necessarily. Instead of trying to reinvent yourself completely this year, maybe focus instead on trying to be the best version of yourself.

A few tips for that:

  • If you’re going to do the diet thing, make it a LIFESTYLE change, not just a crash or yo-yo diet that you’ll go back and forth on for “bikini season.” Then you’ll enjoy it instead of resenting it and your resolution will actually stand a chance.
  • With any change you choose to make, be sure you are doing it for yourself, or you’ll never stick to it.
  • Focus on FEELING good, rather than just looking good. Looking good will bring you a level of satisfaction, but truly catering to your health will give you more energy, reduce stress levels and make you feel happier.
  • Keep it realistic. Be honest with yourself as far as what you can rationally achieve. Challenge yourself, but don’t set unattainable expectations for yourself because if you don’t meet them, you’re more likely to quit.
  • Keep it simple. Much like being realistic, just don’t overdo it. Pick one or two goals that mean the most to you instead of five or ten that you’ll completely blow off. Again, if you’re overwhelmed, it’s all too possible that your resolutions will go flying out the window and leave you back at square one.
  • Perhaps my favorite: It doesn’t need to be New Year’s Day for you to decide to make a health or lifestyle change to better yourself. Granted, this season and this holiday are a great time for reflecting on the previous year, your values and what you want in from your life. However, you can use the motivation that comes with this time of year to make it your mission to reflect more often and adjust your goals along the way.

We all have room for improvement, but a new year (which comes every 365 days, mind you) does not call for a complete overhaul of who you already are. Try to be self-aware throughout the year and remember to always prioritize. Yeah, you might want to earn that promotion at work, but don’t do it at the cost of spending time with your loved ones or dealing with unmanageable stress levels. As cheesy as it sounds, have some confidence in yourself and love yourself first, then the rest will come to you. Anything is possible!

From everyone at Catholic Health Services, we wish you a happy and healthy 2015!