Managing Resolution Expectations in the New Year
Tips for setting realistic, health centric goals that will stick.
Every year, we all experience the pressure to set new year’s resolution goals. Unfortunately, many of us make these goals and we fail to complete them, which can leave us feeling like a failure. In fact, of the 41% of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions, research indicates only 9% will remain successful in sticking to their resolution goals. If you’re interested in learning how to set manageable goals for the year ahead, we can help! We’ve put together a few of our favorite tips to help you set realistics, health centric new year’s resolutions that will stick.
Ditch the “resolution” mentality
We often get excited and carried away when we set new goals. As a result, we may set goals that are all but impossible to achieve during the span of a year. To avoid feelings of frustration or disappointment, set your goals with realistic expectations. We recommend selecting five goals that are relatively easy to achieve. For example, rather than saying “exercise more” or “lose 50 pounds,” consider challenging yourself to take three 30 minute walks a week or eat out only once a week. This will not only get you exercising and forming healthier eating habits, but it will also work towards your larger long term goals. When we achieve smaller goals we are more likely to succeed in our long term goals.
Take it in pieces
Track your progress
Don’t be to hard on yourself
The new year is a great time to set goals for a healthier and happier you. At Cypress, our team of mental health professionals leverages their expertise and experience to help our clients develop the skills and solutions they need to live their best life. We work with children, teens, adults, couples, and families from all backgrounds and walks of life and want to help you live a life where happiness and fulfillment are the focus, not anxiety or depression.
Contact a member of our team to learn more.