New Year’s Resolutions: Making Your 2017 Health Changes Stick
This is the time of year when we vow to eat better, exercise more, practice mindfulness or seek professional treatment for mental or physical health issues.
It’s wonderful to make those New Year’s Resolutions, but how can we make these behavioral modifications actually stick? How can they help us to make a long-term lifestyle change?
Here are some tips for making long-term healthy changes:
- Set realistic goals. Write down the steps that will help you achieve those goals
- Plan for obstacles. Figure out how to overcome them. Don’t give up just because you’ve slipped.
- Track your progress. A journal or diary is one of the best tools for helping you stay focused and recover from slip-ups. Also, there are many online apps to help you track your success and progress
- Get help. Ask friends and family for support. Consider enrolling in a class or program or clinical support group.
- Reward yourself. Give yourself a healthy treat when you’ve achieved a small goal or milestone
- Add variety. Keep things interesting by adding new activities or expanding your goals to make them more challenging.
Here are some informational resources that can get you started and keep you on track:
Top 10 Wellbeing Apps
Get Moving and Stay Healthy
Get Help with Quitting Smoking
Mental Health and Wellness
Rethink Your Drinking
Get Help with Addiction
Learn about Opioid Addiction and How to get Help
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Article source: NIH News in Health
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