Encouraging Health and Happiness

New Year’s at the MAC- Part 1

We’re over a month into 2011 and it’s about time to check in and see how those New Year’s Resolutions are coming along.  Not to single you out, but definitely to call you out, 40% of you have already given up on your resolutions.  If you fall into that percentage, don’t despair, chances are you only recently fell off the wagon, and it’s not too late to get back on! 

Much has been said, written and studied on the topic of New Year’s Resolutions, with varying advice on how to choose and pursue your goals.  Below I’ve bulleted a few key tips that will help you set your goals-if you’re late to the party- and how to stick to them.

  1. Write your goals down and share them with someone.  You will find strength in numbers and encouragement from friends and family who wish to see you succeed.
  2. Focus on the benefits of meeting your resolutions, this will help you power through the difficult days and moreover help you value the lifestyle changes that accompany the pursuit of your goals.
  3. Pick one main goal, don’t bombard yourself w/too many.  According to Psychology Today, “our storehouse of willpower is a finite resource that gets depleted throughout each day, depending on how often you call upon it to override temptation. That means that setting too many willpower goals at once – like losing weight, spending less, exercising more – is destined to fail… pick just one willpower goal – like exercising in the morning – and focus for six to eight weeks on just that improvement, all other self-regulation behaviors will improve, too.”
  4. Momma always said there’d be days like this: expect setbacks and persevere!  If your goals were easy they would have been accomplished a long time ago.
  5. Reward yourself for a job well done: don’t hesitate to reward yourself for the little victories.  Whether it’s a little treat, time in front of the TV, or a morning to sleep in, rewarding yourself for a job well done will give you energy to keep pursuing your goals.
  6. Do the best you can: if you fall off track, don’t get frustrated and start blaming yourself, leave yesterday in the past and do the best you can in the present.

If you’ve already dropped off from reaching your goals- pick it back up!  If you didn’t set any at all, consider the lifestyle change and benefits you can receive from setting specific, challenging and attainable goals. 

As always, the staff here at the MAC are happy to help and answer any questions you may have.  Please don’t hesitate to drop by the front desk!

-Maryann Boddy, CPT

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