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Keeping New Years Resolutions

With the New Year upon us everyone is making new years resolutions, but many of us make the same ones over and over.
With the New Year upon us everyone is making new years resolutions, but many of us make the same ones over and over.

Mary Talboys with the University of Utah Neuropsychiatry Institute shares why we have a hard time trying to stick to our resolutions and fall back to our old habits.

Stumbling Blocks
We often bite off more than we can chew by making resolutions too difficult.
We make our resolutions too vague so it's hard to develop a strategy for success.
We see resolutions as a temporary fix for bad habits rather than a lifestyle change.
Our resolutions are "all in our head" and we don't make a concrete plan.

Strategies
Make your resolutions attainable. If you want to exercise more, starting with a 15 minute walk each day and working your way up is easier than starting with running a marathon.
Make New Year's resolutions specific. For example, instead of "lose weight" make a resolution of committing to eat three servings of vegetables every day or switch from sugary sodas to water.
Think of your resolution as a permanent lifestyle change. If your focus is household finances and your goal is to pay off debt, realize this is a permanent re-thinking of how you are going to live.
Write down your resolution and map out a strategy on paper. Post your resolution in a place where you will see it every day. Ask people around you like your family or friends to help support you in your commitment.

Some of the Most Popular New Year's Resolutions:
Lose weight
Exercise
Quit smoking or drinking
Save money
Pay off debt
Spend more time with family or friends or pursuing a hobby

You can reach The University of Utah Health Care Neuropsychiatric Institute crisis line at (801) 587-3000 or by going to healthcare.utah.edu


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