GRAFENWOEHR, Germany ó Making new yearís resolutions is an easy task; keeping them on the other hand, can be tough. As the holidays fade into memories the American Psychological Association offered five easy steps for making changes, and sticking with them.
Start small. Adjust your resolutions so that you can keep them. If, for example, your aim is to exercise more frequently, schedule three or four days a week at the gym instead of seven. If you would like to eat healthier, try replacing dessert with something like fruit or yogurt.
Talk about it. Share experiences with Family, friends, or your Family readiness group. Consider joining or starting a support group to reach your goals, such as a class at the fitness center or a group of co-workers who aim to quit smoking.
Donít beat yourself up. Perfection is unattainable. Remember that minor missteps when reaching your goals are completely normal. Donít give up because you ate a brownie and broke your diet, or skipped the gym for a week because you were busy. Resolve to recover.
Ask for support. Everyone needs a cheerleader from time to time. Accepting help from those who care and will listen strengthens your resilience.
If you feel overwhelmed or unable to meet your goals, consider seeking professional help.
Psychologists are uniquely trained to understand the connection between the mind and body. They can offer strategies as to how to adjust your goals so that they are attainable, as well as help you change unhealthy behaviors and address emotional issues.