It’s that time of year again, time to make those New Year Resolutions…bring on the groans. It’s easy to get excited about starting something new, but it’s easier to get discouraged when those resolutions don’t last very long. How long do your resolutions last for? Two weeks? A month? Don’t get me wrong, resolutions are a great thing! They help you better yourself and can make you try something new. But before you get discouraged and give up completely, use these tips to make and keep your resolutions:
1. Quantity- Don’t make too many resolutions. Make one or two so you can focus on them. Having too many resolutions can cause distraction and forget about other ones.
2. Realistic- Make sure you’re able to accomplish your resolution. Don’t make it something that can never be reached.
3. Be Mindful- Be mindful when creating a resolution and throughout the year. Listen to what your mind and body are telling you. If you focus on yourself, it’ll be easier to accomplish your goal.
4. Accountability- Have an accountability partner, someone who will keep you on track and might even create this change with you! It’s easier to change something in your life when you have your friend doing it with you. You keep each other accountable.
5. Know you’re not perfect- It’s important to go into the New Year knowing you’re not perfect, mistakes will happen. Maybe you’ll miss a day or you’ll do something wrong. That is okay! Just keep going. It’s better to get back up and keep going, then giving up all together.
The trick is to make it a lifestyle change, not a resolution. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to keep this resolution. Maybe you have a problem with substance abuse, have an eating disorder or struggle with something in your life. The New Year is a great way to create that new beginning for yourself. You can start fresh and make a change in your life, and you don’t have to do it alone. If you struggle with any of the things I just mentioned, Inner Door Center® can help you. We can help you change your life around and become a stepping stone to improving your life.
If you would like to talk to someone about other ways to improve your life, contact the Inner Door Center® at 248-336-2868 for more information on our treatment programs or visit www.innerdoorcenter.com