A Few Strategies For Your New Year’s Resolutions


1. Don’t tie your goals to a definite time of day. It promotes clock watching and if you get off schedule for some reason, you lose the opportunity to practice your new habit. Here are a couple examples of nonscheduled habits. For example, if you don’t want to join the gym but want to promise yourself to be a little more physically fit, don’t take the elevator at work, walk the stairs. Don’t park as close as you can to the store; park 10 spots further away. During your lunch hour, most of us make a phone call, don’t sit and talk on the phone, get up! Walk around your house or around the building you work in.
2. When most people decide to address a bad habit such as smoking or binge eating, they usually try to quit cold turkey. You’re better off trying to replace the bad habit with a better one. For example, you normally go out at 3pm for a cigarette break, instead of walking outside, walk to the kitchen and get a glass of water and occupy your hands with a treat such as a handful of peanuts, carrots or hard candy, you get the idea anyway to replace the oral fixation. Your habit of getting up is still accommodated and your oral fixation is replaced with something healthier.
3. A positive outlook is a good start to a resolution but it will only get you so far. You also need to think about all of the obstacles that could get in the way. Be prepared for them and add it to your plan so you are not disappointed. Disappointment & frustration lead to quitting. This is a big reason why we fall off of that “Band Wagon”. If you want to go on that diet, be sure you are prepared for those hunger moments and irritable mood swings. Most feel it isn’t worth it and quit. Try #3 above and when you are hungry drink a glass of water instead of eating the candy bar. Water can decrease your appetite. It is hard to distinguish between being thirsty and being hungry, so try drinking water and waiting 20 to 30 minutes to see if you’re still hungry.”

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