Quit Your Resolutions Day (January 17th) has come and gone. If you are still making progress on your New Year’s Resolutions, you’re in the minority at this point.
About 45% of people always make New Year’s Resolutions and only about 8% of people actually achieve them. If you’re in you’re 20s, though, you’re more likely to stick with it as are people over 50. (Source)
It makes sense that the New Year is a time to try to change your life, whether that be lose weight, get fit, get finances in order, or just be more kind. New Year, New You, right? At the same time, it’s a strange time of year with (possibly) stressful holidays having just past and big bills arriving not to mention cold dark days.
Why don’t we make resolutions in September when the summer break is over? The days are still bright and you can actually go outside to exercise without freezing. (September resolutions should become a thing.)
If you’ve already given up on your resolutions and feel bad about it, the great news is, you can make a resolution any day and remake the resolution as many times as you need!
Once you decided to make a resolution (again) here are some tips, from the American Psychological Association on how to stick with it:
Start Small: Go to the gym every day? Why not make that 2 or 3 days a week to start.
Change One Behaviour at a Time: You can’t change your whole life at once.
Talk About It: Share your experiences and maybe join a group working on the same goals, like an exercise class.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up: “Resolve to recover from your mistakes and get back on track.”
Ask For Support: From friends or maybe even a professional!
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If you make the resolution, it’s probably worth keeping. Good luck!