Keeping your New Year’s resolutions can be one of the hardest tasks you ever challenge yourself with. Keeping vigilant and dedicated to your resolutions for 365 days can be daunting to say the least. If you’ve tried and failed to keep your resolutions all year long, then the medical professionals at Albemarle Square Family Health are here to help. In today’s blog, we’ll go over a few tips you can use to help achieve your 2019 goals. You can choose your favorite, mix and match, or use them all to help attain your resolution easier. So, without further delay, let’s get into the best tips to help you keep that New Year’s resolution.

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Set Realistic Goals

Everyone wants to become billionaires, discover a new element, or do a dance on top of Mount Everest. While these goals give us something to aspire to, for many they are just too unrealistic. You want to set a resolution that’s both challenging but also attainable. When you set your goals, make sure you take into account your skills, your physical and mental abilities, and how dedicated you’re willing to be to see that resolution all the way through. So, making your resolution something lofty like ending world hunger will probably be a little too hard of a task. However, volunteering at food shelters, donating more non-perishable foods, or making an effort to help those without regular access to food are all great examples of realistic resolutions you can make for yourself.

On the opposite end, you also don’t want to make a resolution that’s way too easy for you. Smaller goals like cutting out foods or drinks you don’t normally partake in just won’t give you that sense of achievement and satisfaction when you cross the finish line at the start of the next year. Find a resolution that challenges you just enough for it not to be easy or an afterthought during your day to day life. Of course, if you want a more lofty resolution, and you believe you can stay dedicated and achieve your goals, then by all means set that as your resolution. Even if you don’t achieve your overall goal at the end of the year, chances are, if you stay dedicated, you’ll still attain something you can be proud of.

Give Yourself Some Wiggle Room

Like we said before, resolutions are marathons, not sprints. If you’re super strict on yourself at first, you may burnout and become disinterested in your resolution just a few weeks into the new year. This often leads to people giving up and settling back into their old lifestyles. When you make your resolutions, know that you don’t have to be dedicated to it every second of every day. While that is a great way to achieve your goals, being way too strict on yourself will most likely lead to you discontinuing your resolution and slipping back into your old ways.

If you’re starting a new diet or cutting out certain foods, give yourself a cheat day every month as a treat. If you’re beginning a workout routine, make sure you incorporate rest days or days where you just stay on the couch and watch movies. Finding that balance of hard work and rest will help you achieve your resolutions in the end, and may even lead to you continuing and liking the new lifestyle you made for yourself. Give yourself those rest and cheat days to help you get through and conquer that New Year’s resolution.

Be Dedicated

Much like a realistic goal, you’ll want to set a resolution that you’ll really want to attain. Make goals that mean a lot to you, or ones that you’ve been trying to achieve for some time. Maybe pick something that will better you mentally, physically, and emotionally. Then, once you have your resolution in mind, stay dedicated to achieving your goal. It’s completely fine if you trip every now and then on your resolution road—we’re all just humans after all— but getting back on track after you allow yourself a little break will ultimately help you crush your resolution. When you pick a resolution you can achieve and one that you’re truly inspired to attain, you’ll be more likely to keep with it all year long.

We here at Albemarle Square Family Health in Charlottesville hope you’ve found this blog to be helpful and informative. If you’re looking for the best family doctors in the Charlottesville area, then look no further than Albemarle Square. Learn more about Albemarle Square Family Health, see what kind of health services we can offer for you and your family, or contact Albemarle Square today to answer any questions and to set up your next appointment.