How to Make (and Keep) a New Year’s Resolution

BY DANIKA LAVOIE-ROCHETTE

January is here and with it comes the added pressure to stick to our New Year’s resolutions. We are all familiar with the routine; you set goals for yourself and within weeks we begin to beat ourselves up for not following through.

One of the most important aspects of keeping a New Year’s resolution is writing down your objectives. This helps to hold yourself accountable for what you’d like to accomplish.

Secondly, be realistic. If you are striving towards healthier habits, start slowly. It is so easy to tell ourselves we will start working out five times a week, cut out all sweets, and read plenty of new books but what we fail to acknowledge is the fact that we haven’t been taking part in any of these habits over the pas few months and expect ourselves to turn over a very heavy leaf in the new year.

The best way for us to actually accomplish these goals is to take baby steps. Set you bar low and work your way up. Aim for where you’d like to be months after your start date, that way you can implement small monthly changes in order to obtain a lifestyle you’re happy with.

Wishing you all a year full of health and happiness!