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How to keep your (healthy) New Year's resolutions

December 28, 2022
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It’s that time of the year again and you’re feeling inspired. You sat down and you made a list of New Year’s resolutions. These are actions you’re going to take to make your life a little healthier in the new year.

Now what?

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably discovered that it’s easier to make New Year’s resolutions than to keep them. But that doesn’t have to be the case. You can follow a plan to make your self-improvement goal easier to achieve. 

Start by taking the SMART approach:

Once you get started, stay focused on the process of achieving your goal—the healthy change you’re making in your life every day—rather than the outcome.

How to get started with your New Year’s resolution

To be successful, you need New Year’s resolutions that truly matter to you. What do you want to do? What do you want to change?

Maybe you want to lose weight? Drink more water? Exercise regularly? Keep an indoor plant alive? Spend more time with friends and family? Start a new hobby?

Before you make your list, you need to determine why you want to make a change. How will this change improve your life?

For example: the past two years have been stressful for everyone. If stress, anxiety, and depression are affecting your life, you may want to create a New Year’s resolution that helps you better manage your mental health. But to be successful, you need to get SMART.

In a recent article, we shared a few ideas of some fun and healthy activities you can try to improve your quality of life. One of our top picks was journaling.

Journaling is an easy and free way to reduce stress and anxiety, improve memory, and even slow-down dementia. And, best of all, it doesn’t require a lot of time and effort. You just need a pen, a piece of paper, and 10 minutes a day to get started.

But even journaling can be difficult to pick up as a daily routine if you don’t create a SMART plan. To help, we’ve developed a New Year’s Resolution Cheat Sheet. Download it today and get started with your own goals!

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