It’s probably no surprise that the most popular New Year’s resolutions are health related – most commonly related to weight, diet, fitness, or all of these. And every year, many people vow to take good care of themselves only to feel frustrated, discouraged, rebellious, and perhaps give up altogether.
One reason for resolution failures related to health is that people set goals that aren't specific enough. Vowing to “get healthy,” “discover my best self,” and “create a new me!” sound inspiring, but they don’t help you create a realistic plan that you can follow. Another reason is that human being do best when they receive some sort of validation, reinforcement, or concrete evidence that things are working.
So, here are my 10 Guidelines for Getting Healthy in the New Year. Notice I did not call them "rules." Success is not about being perfect - it's about having useful general principles that you can follow long term. If you abide by these, I can almost guarantee that you will feel great about your progress, stay on track, and accomplish what you desire.
Wishing all the very best this year and always!
Dr. Traci Stein is the author of "The Everything Guide to Integrative Pain Management," as well as the creator of 6 affirming self-hypnosis audio programs on topics ranging from creating healthy self-esteem, to conquering procrastination, creating positive change (changing habits) and achieving a healthy weight and body image. Look for two new audio programs on self compassion and mindfulness in the spring of 2016. You can also follow her on Facebook(Facebook.com/DrTStein) or Twitter (@DrTraciStein).
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