It seems like the universe hit the rewind button the past few weeks. Just a month ago, you were likely anticipating a pandemic-free 2022. Now it looks like we are right where we were this time last year.
Or maybe worse.
So, if you haven’t managed to stick to your New Years’ resolution, don’t worry about it. It’s been tough.
Struggling to stick to a resolution can be challenging in the best of times. When things are tough, it can be even harder. So, what can you do? Slow down, reassess, and re-start small.
Small goals implemented over time are more likely to stick and become a habit, which can help you reach larger goals further down the line. Slowly building the new you, and embracing the experience, are good things to keep in mind.
Try to avoid setting goals that feel like punishment. For example, if you want to eat healthier, do it in a way you enjoy. Perhaps instead of eating dessert, try eating something else that you enjoy.
If you want to exercise more, don’t worry about doing it seven days a week. Plan to start with three or four, and increase when you’re ready.
You may also find it helpful to share your goals and accomplishments with others. Doing so can help make your resolutions/goals less intimidating and provide a degree of accountability.
Friends and professionals can also offer support when things get rough, and asking them for help or guidance can help build confidence and resilience when you’re facing new (or existing) challenges.
Practicing gratitude may also help you accomplish goals and advocate mental health this year. Taking some time each week to write down a few things that you’re thankful for can help improve mood, outlook, and give you a boost of confidence if needed.
Don’t get hung up if your resolution is going according to plan. You can reach your goals by reassessing and strategizing along the way.