As we approach the end of January, you may still be dedicated to your New Year’s resolution. Maybe you’re going to the gym four times a week, flossing daily, tracking your water intake, eating more veggies or getting started on that pile of books you’ve left on your to-read list. Your resolution isn’t just something you plan on doing until the end of the month, or even until the end of the year; it’s about improving yourself and promoting positive habits and behaviors going forward. Whether you’ve hit a plateau in your progress or just want to give in to your cravings or impulses, you might start losing steam. Here are some ways to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions:
- Be Prepared
With a busy on-the-go lifestyle, it can be easy to give into temptations. When you’ve had a long day at work, it might seem nice to kick back in front of the TV instead of going to the gym or ordering greasy takeout instead of cooking a healthy meal. When you create a proactive plan, you are more likely to stay dedicated to your goals, no matter what life throws your way. If you know you’ll need to stay late at work, go to the gym in the morning. Make cooking fast and easy by meal-prepping in advance.
- Share Your Experiences
Whether you are feeling empowered by your accomplishments or frustrated by the change in your habits, speaking with family and friends can help you blow off steam and stay motivated. In addition, telling your loved ones about this resolution will allow them to hold you accountable.
Depending on your resolution, you might be inspired to join a community of individuals with similar goals. You can benefit from joining a support group, exercise class or another organized activity in which you can collaborate (and commiserate) with like-minded people who are going through the same experience.
- Don’t Beat Yourself Up
If you’ve made it this far into the month without slipping up, kudos! However, remember that one mess-up isn’t the end. Maybe you got busy and skipped a gym session or felt the need to indulge in a slice of cake at a birthday celebration. Don’t give up on your goal completely: Instead, figure out a way you might approach the situation next time and get back on track.
- Reward Little Victories
With the end of the month in sight, you can proudly tell yourself that you’ve made it almost one month into your resolution. Maybe you’ve noticed results from your hard work, or perhaps your dedication went toward a more intangible form of self improvement. No matter what you resolved to do, it’s important to reward yourself along the way. Send a yourself, or someone else working hard, a beautiful bouquet of flowers to continue the encouragement!
Keep going and know that you made these resolutions for a reason! You are going to feel amazing at the end of the year when you have completed your goals!