You’re seeing commercials for weight loss programs, the gym is packed, and your officemates are swearing off morning donuts and after work drinks. That can only mean one thing—it’s New Year’s resolution time, that time of year when we all reflect and think about what we want to accomplish for our health and well-being in the coming year.
The classic problem with making New Year’s resolutions, however, is that many of us establish “all or nothing” goals and unrealistic expectations. This year why not resolve to make resolutions that you think you can keep. According to the American Psychological Association, here’s how it’s done:
If you want to exercise more often, try walking for 30 minutes at lunch four times a week, or going to the gym three days a week. If you want to eat healthier, try replacing dessert with fruit or yogurt.
Change one behavior at a time
Replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones requires time. Don’t get overwhelmed and think that you have to reassess everything in your life. Instead, work toward changing one thing at a time.
Talk about it
Consider joining a support group to reach your goals, such as a workout class at your gym or a group of coworkers quitting smoking.
Don’t beat yourself up
Remember that minor missteps when reaching your goals are completely normal and OK. Don’t give up completely because you ate a brownie or skipped the gym for a week.
Ask for support
Accepting help from those who care about you and will listen strengthens your resilience and ability to manage stress caused by your resolution.
Here’s another tip for better health in the coming year.
Sign up for CarePlus—a free concierge healthcare service designed to help you:
- find the right doctor
- quickly get appointments
- get faster access to your medical information—like lab results
- obtain referrals to specialists and the pre-authorizations you may need
- get your insurance questions answered