The new year is almost upon us, and that means New Year's Resolutions-- more commonly known as promises to yourself you probably won't keep. While you could take the easy way out, why not step up to the challenge instead? These tips will help you stick to your when you hit the reset button in 2019.
1. Start with smaller, manageable goals. Avoid making large grand declarations and stick to smaller goals that can be tracked and maintained easier over a long period of time. For example instead of "lose 100 pounds" maybe start with "eat more fruit."
2. Get a partner. Anything is easier when you have a friend to do it with you. No matter what your goal, encourage a friend to do it with you, and it would be even better if you did it at the same time. A partner can give you that extra push when you are feeling less than motivated and you can do the same for them.
3. Don't be afraid to start over. If you set a goal for yourself and find it difficult, take a break and start again. Making fundamental changes to your routine or lifestyle can be a challenge.
4. Give it time. Any worthwhile change in your routine might take a long time to see any results. A London study suggested that it takes at least 21 days to form a new habit, depending on how extreme the change is. The study found that in a study of 66 people, most people were able to form a positive habit in 84 days at most, with changes in exercise taking the longest. This is another reason why smaller goals help with becoming a better, well-rounded you.
As we move forward into 2019, resolutions are a great way to get the year started. It gives us the excuse we need for a fresh start. No matter what your goals are, let's look forward to all of us having a happy and healthy 2019.