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Make new habits, not unattainable New Year’s resolutions

Make new habits, not unattainable New Year’s resolutions
The Lookout

— if the schue fits —


A new year has come again, and with it the onslaught of Facebook posts that all say something along the lines of “new year, new me.”

While this idea was probably inspiring the first time it was read, where do all the New Year’s resolutions disappear to by March?

Every year, too many New Year’s resolutions are broken before they even really have the chance to begin, leaving us with a feeling of regret and maybe even a little self-frustration.

The difficulty in keeping a New Year’s resolution often stems from trying to create a habit immediately. As soon as the clock hits midnight, we decide to dramatically change our lives, which is not how lasting lifestyle changes are formed.

One of the best ways to make a resolution into a habit is to take it slow.

Instead of going to the gym every day of the week – a huge commitment to make so suddenly – try going to the gym once a week for a while, then twice a week, and so on. It will be easier on your body and your schedule while giving you something to work toward.

If you want to stop drinking soda, cut down a little at a time so your body has time to become less addicted to the caffeine and sugar.

No matter what the resolution is, incorporating it into your life slowly tends to be more easily attainable than to completely change a lifestyle habit that you have had for years.

Changing a lifestyle is a process, and if you mess up once, twice or even a few times, the best thing to do is try not to get frustrated. Even a little progress is better than no progress at all.

If the resolution gets broken, dust yourself off and try again. The more you work toward your goal, the easier it will become, and you will be glad you did not give up.

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