By: Lindsey Josephson, Naturopathic Physician, TCCC
According to a recent survey by U.S. News & World Report, 80% of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned by February. There are a number of reasons for this staggering statistic, but here are a couple strategies to help you beat the odds this January:
- Small changes sustained over a lifetime will have far more impact on your life and well-being than a mad rush to do everything “perfectly” for the duration of January.
- If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. This means breaking down your goal into actionable steps you can take every day.
- Make your goal specific. This allows you to know if you are on track to achieving that goal. One of the most common goals every new year is to “get healthier”. While everyone wants to be healthier this is a goal you can never achieve. If you get more specific, however, you can achieve it. So a goal like “quit smoking”, or “eat fish twice per week” will make you healthier if you follow through on it.
With those things in mind, I would like to propose some small, measurable goals that can go a long way to improving your health with little or very little effort. Also, remember that while the New Year is a very popular time to enact new positive changes you can actually adopt positive lifestyle habits at any time of year, so once you have gotten into the habit of one of these changes you can start another or make a new change that’s all your own.
- Increase your vegetable intake by one serving every day.
- Increase your water consumption by 8oz (1 cup) every day.
- Take three deep, calming breaths every day.
- Go for a five minute walk after lunch every day. If you already exercise regularly, try increasing your exercise by five minutes every day.