New Year’s Resolutions

Premier Physician Network providers answer Frequently Asked Questions about Being Healthier in the New Year.

How Can I Stick to my New Year’s Resolution?

We all have the best intentions when making New Year’s resolutions. But more than half of these resolutions are broken within six months, according to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).

Try making a resolution that is realistic enough that you can make it a part of your everyday life instead of becoming overwhelming, according to the American Psychological Association (APA).

You may have better luck sticking with your New Year’s resolutions by following these strategies from the APA:

  • Start small. Try easing into your resolutions. If you want to exercise more, start with a few days a week instead of every day. If you want to eat healthier, try switching out dessert for fruit instead of totally cutting out sweets.
  • Focus on one behavior. Work toward changing one unhealthy behavior at a time instead of “fixing” everything in your life at once.
  • Talk about it. Making changes can seem less intimidating if you have someone to share your highs and lows with. Talk to family and friends, join a support group or find another outlet to help your focus on your goal.

Don’t get discouraged. It’s normal to have setbacks along the way to reaching every goal. Just keep moving forward and get back on track.

Talk with your doctor for more ideas on how to stick with your New Year’s resolution.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Cindy Smith, MD, West Carrollton Family Medicine; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine