Tips to Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution

At some time in your life, there’s a chance you’ve made a New Year’s resolution — and then broke it not long after January 1st. If you’re part of the crowd who is still staying true to their 2020 resolution, good for you! Keep it up. However, for those of you who tend to fall off their resolution after a few weeks, Forest Properties has compiled a few motivating tips to help residents stick to their New Year’s resolution. 

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1. Plan Ahead

Planning is an essential part of achieving any goal. Many people come up with their New Year’s resolution on the very first day of the new year. Call it procrastination, convenience, or forgetfulness, but avoid leaving your resolution up in the air until the last minute. You want to give yourself time to reflect on positive changes that are within reach.

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2. Be Realistic with Your Goals

Millions of adults resolve to lose weight, get out of debt, travel more, and get in shape over the coming 12 months. Instead of making such broad goals, focus on something more concrete that you can realistically set your sights on. For example, you might commit to using your Residences at Riverwalk fitness center more, or running your first 5k race. Taking these small steps gives you to plan each opportunity, make changes, and get closer to achieving your resolution. 

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3. Make a Plan

What’s the key to a successful resolution? There are many factors that go into this, but perhaps one of the most important is to make a plan. Taking on too much at once is a common reason why so many New Year’s Resolutions fail. To avoid this, make a plan for yourself.

  • If you’ve resolved to run a marathon, start by going for a jog 2-3 times a week. 
  • Want to cut back on screen time? Set your phone to “do not disturb” 1-2 hours before bed.
  • If you’d like to start eating healthier, replace some of your favorite snacks with nutritious options.

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Other ways to help yourself stick to a resolution plan is to talk about it with family and friends, practice positive thinking, and reminding yourself how your “bad behavior” will affect your end goal.

4. Be Patient with Yourself

Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit, and six months for it to become part of your everyday personality. Big changes won’t happen overnight, so be persistent and patient. Be kind to yourself and don’t give up!

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5. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Support

If you’ve made a resolution, you’re showing effort in making a positive change for yourself. And you know what? That in itself is something to be proud of! But sometimes it can be tough forcing yourself to stick to your resolution. We get it, and that’s when it’s important to remember that it’s okay to ask for help. 

For example, if you’re looking to the fitness center at your Parkview Exchange home this year, pairing up with a friend to plan workouts is a great way to seek support, motivation, and even learn a new workout or two. Plus, it gives you and your gym bud something to look forward to and a way to spend time together. 

If you’re on the other end of the resolution and are looking for way to support a friend, here are some ways to help them stick to their 2020 goals:

  • “Hey, what are you doing after work today? Want to work out at the gym?” 
  • “Let’s skip takeout tonight and cook a healthy meal at home.”
  • “You mentioned you’d like to travel to new places this year – let’s start saving together!”

What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2020, and what steps are you taking to help yourself stick to it? Share with us on Facebook!

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