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Self-Care: New Year’s Resolutions

Beth Hess - Tuesday, January 17, 2017
By the end of January, many of us find that the resolutions we had so determinedly vowed to accomplish in the New Year have fallen by the wayside. This can lead to self-recrimination and bad feelings. Here are some tips to help you to get back on track:
  • Make sure your goals are manageable. Re-write them if necessary, and start small.  It is better to say “I will limit myself to one serving of carbohydrates a day” versus “I will eliminate carbs from my diet.”
  • Don’t set too many goals – you may need to eliminate some that you started with in the beginning of the year. Three is a realistic number.
  • Spread out your goals over the course of the year. For example, you will set yourself up for failure if you resolve to quit smoking at the same time that you intend to lose ten pounds.  
  • Write a list of why a goal is important, and look at it frequently. It helps to be reminded of the compelling reasons for exerting effort.
  • Don’t quit after a failure. Missteps along the way are the rule rather than the exception. Most important, don’t beat yourself up after a slip-up. You can restart your goal at any time.
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