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Do New Year’s Resolutions Really Work?

Hi!
 
Let’s count…how many times have we made New Year’s resolutions? And more importantly, how many times have we been able and/or willing to keep them? Myself – I’ve lost count.
 
Losing weight is always one of my biggest resolutions for the coming year. Sometimes it goes okay for a while, but often I just end up gaining back my lost weight … and then some. So I have found out that making friends with my urges to eat more than my physical body wants and needs is a good first step, because there is a good reason behind it…like it’s being driven by emotions, especially ones that I experienced as a child. Instead I have focused on trying to eat healthier foods, with occasional “cheats” not paying as much attention to the scale. Oh, I’ll get around to the weight loss sooner or later, but it’s no longer more important than my overall health.
 
So be sure resolutions are realistic. Do you need to better your time management? Do you need to decide whether you should spend time with people who are toxic to your mental health? Your physical health? These are things you can actually sink your teeth into, and you may have a better chance of making progress on that New Year’s resolution.
 
A really good resolution – in my mind – is to make it a priority to take better care of yourself in the coming yar. We will be better able to enjoy our lives more.
 
To this end, improving our eating habits and perhaps doing some supplementation, under the guidance of a competent health care practitioner, would be excellent.
 
We can also make a plan to exercise more, but don’t set yourself up for failure by telling yourself you’ll go to the gym 3 times a week (when you know your pattern is to start and stop). Instead, think of something that is easier for you to track and attain, like counting steps each day. I have set my step count at a realistic level for my age and health, and every time I hit it, which is most days, it feels good.
 
Also, I love to dance, so to make a resolution that involves dancing – again a realistic one – would be a great one for me.
 
Another resolution would be to learn something you’ve been wanting to do and work it realistically into your weekly budget of time (and money).
 
Some people smoke, and perhaps you could tackle this one, although we all know how difficult it is. Nevertheless, this one is important to your health, so regroup and try a different approach.
 
The important thing is to find out what is good, enjoyable, and realistic for your current lifestyle. So giving this some serious thought ahead of time is going to help you be able to keep those resolutions for the coming year.
 
If you fail, re-evaluate if this is something do-able right now, or even if you still want to do it, and without self-recrimination go about replacing it with something else or just drop it.
 
Remember – knowledge is power, so take charge of your health.
 
And, as always, please have a happy, holistically healthy day!
 
Dr. P

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