A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Healthy Holiday Tip #12–Make resolutions you can keep
The coming new year sparks thoughts of new years resolutions, many of which involve dieting or exercising more. I think making a new years resolution is a great idea, as long as you make your goal an attainable one. Setting unrealistic goals only sets you up for disappointment when you end up not making is as far as you’d hoped. So, if you want to make a new years resolution to eat healthy, exercise more, or quit smoking, I have a few tips for you.

Tip #1– Make sure you’re ready to do whatever it is you’re setting out to do. If you aren’t ready to fully commit, then you’ll let yourself cheat and then fail. Then, the next time you think you’re ready to try again, you’ll only remind yourself that you failed the last time you tried. There’s not necessarily anything wrong with not being ready, but you have to realize that if you have some desire to make a change, whether it be adding something good or quitting a bad habit, that there is some part of you that realizes you need to do it. You just have to find the rest of the motivation you need to really push yourself into being ready. If you’re trying to lead a healthier lifestyle or quit smoking, examine the pros and cons, if you’re truly logical about them, then the pros will well outweigh the cons. If you need help thinking of a few reasons, just ask me, I can give you tons!

Tip #2– Get a support system. Anytime you’re trying to make a big change in your life, it’s important to have the support of the people in your everyday life. You have to find the kind of support that will best help you though. If you need a partner to suffer through the hard parts with you, see if you can find a running partner, or someone to count calories with. If you just need some encouragement, let your friends and family know what you’re up to and let them know how they can help, and the best type of encouragement to give you. Doing things with help is always much easier than doing things alone.

Tip #3– Don’t give up. Changing habits is hard, and that’s what most new years resolutions are about. They can be especially hard if you want to lead a healthier lifestyle by eating healthy and being more active because you are making a change in your life. Realize that it can take time. Take things slowly at first and get used to a few changes at a time. Give yourself a little slack in the beginning, but don’t let it get out of control. Just keep reminding yourself of your goal, anyone can do it, you just have to do it on your own time. Be tough on yourself, but have fun every once in a while, but ultimately stick to the plan and everything will work out in the long run. You could even blog about it if you need to… Some people (myself included sometimes) think it’s silly that I blog, but sometimes it really is helpful to reflect and share what’s going on in your life. You don’t have to post it on the internet like me, especially not as a Facebook status, but find a way to keep up with your struggles and your achievements and share them if you like.

It’s finally one day until Christmas! I can hardly believe another year has flown by so fast. I only have one more semester of actual classes and one giant test to take before I’m doing rotations in the hospital with patients. I hope all of you have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, try to stay healthy!!

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