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Tips for keeping your new year’s resolutions

We all have done it before. As soon as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, we will magically start to become healthier, use the gym membership, quit smoking… and the resolutions list goes on and on.

Most likely, after a week or two, we are back to last year’s lifestyle.

It is important to remember that the New Year is a time for us to reflect on past year’s behavior, learn from previous mistakes, missed opportunities and make positive lifestyle changes.

We have collected a checklist of simple tips to help you keep your new year’s resolutions.

1. Set realistic goals
Helping out at a local animal shelter once a month is a realistic goal. Every weekend, not so realistic.

2. Make just one resolution
Choose something that will make a difference for you and make you happy.

3. Don’t wait until New Year’s Eve
Learn from your last year’s difficulties. What can you do better this year?

4. Baby steps
Remember that you will not lose 20 pounds in one month.

5. Make a unique resolution
If redecorating a living room has been on your resolution list last five years, it is time to make a new one.

6. Change is a journey
Habits that you are trying to shift probably took years to develop, so don’t expect to change them in a day or two.

7. Expect small setbacks
View every setback as a learning opportunity. The road ahead is not straight, and there will be roadblocks. You will have to adjust and make some turns on your journey.

8. Ask for help
If you feel overwhelmed, or need to adjust your goals and help you change unhealthy behaviors and address emotional issues, consider seeking professional help.

According to American Psychological Association:

Remember, it is not the extent of the change that matters, but rather the act of recognizing that lifestyle change is important and working toward it, one step at a time.
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