New Years Resolutions and How to Keep Them – A Commitment to a Better You in the New Year 

It’s possible that you noticed your yoga classes suddenly filling up the week before last, and that many of your friends have stopped eating pasta in favor of salads and lean proteins. It is now officially 2020, and millions of people all over the world are choosing to ring in the New Year by making a list of resolutions that will help them live healthier lives. According to the findings of an Inc. poll, the most common New Year resolved to go on a diet or eat healthier (71 percent of respondents), followed by the resolution to exercise more (65 percent) and the resolution to lose weight (65 percent) (54 percent). 

According to the findings of a survey cited by Casino, young people are more likely than older generations to make resolutions. People aged 18 to 24 were the most likely to have made a New Year’s resolution, with 87 percent of those polled doing so. However, only 51% of people over the age of 55 chose to participate in the New Year’s custom. 

According to a study conducted by the University of Scranton, only about 8% of people succeed in keeping their New Year’s resolutions. This specific metric for success, however, does not necessarily account for the many positive changes that participants may experience throughout the year, even if they fail to keep their resolutions at some point during the year. 

Women are more likely than men to make financial resolutions. For example, 23 percent of women polled for the Casino data said they planned to save more money in the coming year, while only 11 percent of men said the same. 

Even if you haven’t made a New Year’s resolution yet, it’s not too late! It’s a good idea to spend some time in the first few weeks of the new year reflecting on everything you’ve accomplished and gained in the previous year, as well as thinking about patterns you’d like to change or routines you’d like to establish for the next twelve months. We’ve compiled data on the types of resolutions that are more likely to succeed, as well as suggestions for small changes you can make to improve the quality of your life. 

All too often, people regard their new year’s resolutions as a form of punishment, a form of atonement for the excesses of the holiday season. If, on the other hand, the New Year is viewed as an opportunity for introspection and growth, then the idea of making modifiable, low-stakes changes that improve one’s well-being can be energizing and uplifting rather than discouraging. 

Why Don’t People Keep Their New Year’s Resolutions? 

According to survey data cited by Inc., the most common resolutions made by people in the United States concerning their nutrition and level of physical activity. Although it is a good idea to use the energy of the New Year to change your eating habits, such resolutions may be difficult to keep simply because they are so broad and aspirational. 

“Unrealistic expectations are a major reason resolutions fail,” nutritionist Dr. Carly Moores told the New York Post. “New Year’s resolutions are an excellent way to set yourself up for failure.” The goal is to avoid imposing broad restrictions that are difficult to enforce and instead focus on making one small adjustment at a time, gradually building on that change as you go. 

If you want to eat healthier, for example, a more reasonable and attainable goal might be to increase your daily consumption of leafy green vegetables by one serving. Rather than setting yourself up for failure by making stringent resolutions, focusing on one simple, the actionable goal can set you up for success.

When you do add spinach or vegetables to your lunch, you will feel proud of yourself rather than ashamed every time you indulge in a sugary treat. This is due to your conditioning to associate feeling ashamed with eating sugary treats. Rather than being discouraged every time you make a mistake on your way to achieving your goal, you will be motivated to keep working towards it if you create positive associations with your new, healthy behaviors. 

More achievable goals that will position you for success in the coming year 

The American Psychological Association recently published an article on how to keep your New Year’s resolutions. They emphasize the importance of setting attainable goals and focusing on changing one behavior at a time. If you want to be successful, you should avoid making major changes to multiple aspects of your life at once. 

They also emphasize the importance of discussing one’s goal with one’s family and friends to increase the number of people who will hold one accountable for one’s actions and to gain more support and motivation from one’s loved ones. Another critical point they raise is that people tend to give up after only a few mistakes. Focus on how far you’ve come and how you can continue to improve, rather than giving up every time you make a mistake, and look for new ways to improve. 

If increasing the intensity of your exercise regimen or reducing the number of carbohydrates you eat does not appear to be the most fruitful goal for you, we have compiled a list of alternative New Year’s resolutions that you can consider adopting. 

The Benefits of Reducing Your Alcohol Consumption (Even Just for a Month) 

Dry January is a social movement that began in the United Kingdom, in which participants pledge not to consume any alcohol during January. Participants can reset their relationship with alcohol and develop healthier drinking habits for the rest of the year if they abstain from drinking for a set period, particularly after the party-filled months of the holiday season, and take some time off from drinking.

This is the initiative’s central tenet. One month is a short enough sabbatical to allow you to reset your behaviors but not so short that it feels punishing or impossible. 

According to a Self magazine article, abstaining from alcohol for a month can have several health benefits, including improved sleep quality, lower calorie consumption, more consistent mood, and a stronger immune system. This event also provides some participants with an excellent opportunity to gain experience in dealing with stressful social or personal situations without the use of alcohol. 

Increase the Amount of Positive Self-Talk You Use 

Your overall happiness and well-being could be greatly improved by sticking to one of the easiest New Year’s resolutions. If you’ve noticed that you tend to be pessimistic or that you occasionally beat yourself up over trivial mistakes, focusing on more positive self-talk could be an area of growth for you this year. If this describes you, this could be an area of development for you.

According to a Healthline article, positive self-talk can contribute to a variety of personal and health benefits, including improved performance, “improved immune function, reduced pain, better cardiovascular health, better physical well-being, lower risk of death, and less stress and distress.” Positive self-talk is associated with higher overall life satisfaction, which may be the single most important factor in this relationship. 

This Healthline article explains how to identify unhealthy patterns of negative self-talk and replace them with more positive and realistic perspectives on a given situation. Checking in with your feelings, practicing positive affirmations, finding humor in difficult situations, and surrounding yourself with positive people are some of the key strategies they emphasize. 

The Value of Affirmations 

If you’ve noticed that you tend to criticize some aspect of your personality or appearance, you might want to consider incorporating positive affirmations into your daily routine as a simple and specific New Year’s resolution. You should set a reminder on your phone to remind you to repeat a positive affirmation to yourself at the start of the day or at another convenient time. The practice of scheduling affirmations can be beneficial in breaking negative thought cycles, and taking the time to be aware of your thoughts and purposeful in the way you say to yourself at the start of the day can set the tone for the rest of the day. 

Including a New Interest in Your Daily Routine 

Taking up a new hobby is a great way to start the new year, especially if your goals for the year include expanding your social network as well as gaining new knowledge and skills. Because so many of us live fast-paced, active lives, the idea of starting a new hobby may seem like a luxury to some of us. Having said that, it has been demonstrated that hobbies are beneficial to mental health in a variety of ways, including stress reduction, mood improvement, and a lower risk of depression. 

Furthermore, they enhance the quality of our lives by introducing us to new perspectives on the world, broadening our networks of friends and acquaintances, and providing us with more opportunities to enjoy exciting and appealing activities.