You were so excited to greet the New Year. You set all of your resolutions, and so far this month is going well. However, January is the least of your worries when keeping New Years resolutions going all throughout the year: nearly all resolutions made for a new year fail within the first three months. But this year, that won’t happen to you! Because now, you have these tips to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions until next Christmas.
Take One Step at a Time
It’s hard enough changing one habit—so, if you’re setting five immediate goals, you might be setting yourself up for failure. It’s great to set big goals for yourself, but try to see them through by also setting smaller goals to accomplish along the way. If you can celebrate meeting those smaller goals as the year goes on, you’re more likely to feel confident in your ability to carry out your resolutions.
Take It Easy
If you slip up or become frustrated with yourself, or if you’re just feeling overwhelmed in general, make the time to do something fun. Watch a funny movie, get lunch with a friend, or visit a nearby landmark. Resetting your mind will put you in a good mood and get you ready to keep trying.
Avoid All-Encompassing Resolutions
Planning on cutting out sugar altogether for the year? Get real! Be honest with yourself and set realistic resolutions. Giving yourself a little wiggle room will make you feel less like you’re messing up and more like you know yourself well whenever you sneak in that donut on the way to work.