With 2018 underway, many people's New Year's Resolutions focus around improving health and well-being.
Unfortunately, although many people start strong, by the time the next New Year rolls they’re back to the same resolution. Burn out on your resolution is as frequent as it is frustrating.
This week’s news roundup focuses on ways to set (and keep!) realistic resolutions, while also making sure you don’t let the challenge of maintaining a resolution keep you from trying.
How to make a New Year’s resolution that will actually work. THE WASHINGTON POST. “The most common mistakes people make are a mix of the following: 1. Their goals are extreme and lead to an unsustainable plan. 2. They set a lofty resolution without making a plan to create the new behaviors they will need to carry it out. 3. They act because someone is nagging at them, or they feel they ought to make a resolution but don’t really want to.”
New Year’s resolutions: How do you make one you will keep? BBC NEWS. “There is evidence that humans are driven by "loss aversion" - that is, we are more motivated to recover loss than we are to win gains. Framing a resolution as recovering something lost - whether that's an old hobby or a former level of fitness - may be more effective than looking to gain an ability or appearance, for example.”
How Achievable the 6 Most Common New Year’s Resolutions Really Are. HUFFINGTON POST. “Most people want to go from not taking any action to immediate results, which is unrealistic. Good habits are best built upon one another in small, easily achievable steps”
The Only Way to Keep Your Resolutions. THE NEW YORK TIMES. “If using willpower to keep your nose to the grindstone feels like a struggle, that’s because it is. Your mind is fighting against itself. It’s trying to convince, cajole and, if that fails, suppress a desire for immediate pleasure. Given self-control’s importance for success, it seems as if evolution should have provided us with a tool for it that was less excruciating to use.”
Why I Don’t Feel Bad About Already Breaking My New Year’s Resolution. TIME. “Instead of confining yourself to a certain set of 365 days, focus on working on your goal whenever you can, whether that’s in January or the third week in July. There’s no wrong time to start making yourself a better, healthier person.”