4 Dos and Don’ts to Making Your New Year’s Resolution Count
Does the idea of selecting a New Year’s resolution make you want to pull your hair out? Though some may find it frightening to think about new goals to accomplish in the upcoming year, there are ways to help you create the perfect New Year’s resolution for you. Below are four dos and don’ts to help you strategically plan out your goals for 2019.
- Don’t: Change your entire lifestyle at once. | Do: Change one behavior at a time.
The key to creating a successful New Year’s resolution is to start small. Find one or two reachable goals that you think you can keep. For example, if you desire more exercise, limit your work out to just a couple days a week rather than going hard for a full seven. Making small changes every couple of months is a much more realistic way of reaching all of your goals by the end of the year.
- Don’t: Procrastinate. | Do: Plan ahead.
Waiting until New Year's Eve to choose your resolution is definitely not ideal. Use the days or week prior to start thinking about the goals you want to achieve and be sure you have the resources available to do so. If you’re serious about exercise, make sure you have a trainer, comfortable clothes, and your favorite work out tunes to get you going. Planning ahead will better prepare you for the change that is to come.
- Don’t: Keep your resolutions a secret. | Do: Shout them from the rooftops!
Sharing your New Year's resolution with family and friends will make it more likely for you to receive support and avoid failure as you continue with your goals. Your chances of success are greater when you have someone to share your struggles and accomplishments with. Telling a friend or close family member about your goals—and checking in with them regularly—helps you stay focused and eases your journey to a healthier lifestyle.
- Don’t: Get discouraged if you slip up. | Do: Believe in yourself.
Everyone’s had that craving for a slice of pizza or a chocolate chip cookie in the middle of a diet, so don’t feel discouraged if you find yourself giving in around the one-month mark. The important thing to remember is that you know you’re capable of completing your goals, so believe in yourself and celebrate the small victories along the way to keep you feeling good.
New Year’s resolutions are lifestyle changes that will continue for years to come. One you most definitely don’t want to forget is to make your sexual health a priority this year. Have you considered upgrading your birth control? Have you made an appointment to get tested for STIs? Of all your resolutions for this coming year, make sure your take care of your hind parts and reproductive organs.