How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions All Year Round

It’s nearly a quarter into the new year, and some of us might already be struggling with the new year’s resolutions we set in January. Forming new habits is challenging, especially if we don’t have enough motivation to stick by them.

Studies have shown that while it’s easy enough to follow your resolutions one week into the new year, sticking by them gets more difficult as time goes by. You’ve probably experienced the same thing. Some new year’s resolutions just don’t seem feasible, so you end up making the same resolutions every year.

If you’ve decided that it’s time to make a change and keep your new year’s resolutions long-term, we listed a handful of helpful tips for you.

Break Down Your Bigger Goals

Some of us like to be grand about our new year’s resolutions, like competing in a marathon, reading a hundred books, or losing a significant amount of weight. 

There’s essentially no problem in dreaming big, but you have to be smart about how you plan to tackle it. For bigger goals, it’s important to plan them out and break them down into smaller, more manageable goals.

Suppose you want to read 100 books in a year. You could split the total number into monthly goals. Reading eight or nine books a month is easier on the eyes than reading a hundred a year.

Find Alternatives for Habits You Want to Quit

Suppose one of your resolutions is breaking a habit instead of starting a new one. Then, you might benefit from finding alternatives.

People frequently want to quit smoking tobacco, which could also be one of your resolutions. However, it could be challenging, especially if you’ve been doing it for years and have developed a dependence. 

One common way to ease yourself off this habit is by finding a healthier alternative. To relieve your oral fixations, you could try using nicotine patches, chewing gum, or smoking nicotine-free cigarettes.

Celebrate Your Milestones

It could feel a bit grueling when you’re doing something long-term, especially if the habit you’re trying to build is not exactly comfortable. You need a way to maintain your interest and encourage you to keep going.

Celebrating each milestone helps you track your progress in a fun and positive way. It’s a form of positive reinforcement, a reward system of sorts, that will encourage keeping good habits. 

If your resolution is losing 50 pounds, celebrate losing your first pound! Celebrate losing 10, 20, 30 until you finally reach your goal. 

Micro-parties” or “altbashes” have become increasingly popular these past few years, especially with the pandemic still in full swing. People are looking for ways to celebrate life amidst its struggles.

Get Support

This tip might seem like a cliche, but that’s because it works. Having a solid support system can do wonders for your mental health in general, aside from helping you stick to your resolutions. Let your family or friends know about the goals you wish to reach, and enlist their support.

Having people supporting your goals is a good source of encouragement in building better habits. It’s even best to have an accountability partner or someone to join you in keeping your resolutions. 

Aside from helping one another stick to your goals, having someone on your side makes the journey easier and more fun.

Give Yourself Time

Good habits take time to build, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t get the hang of things in a couple of months. Even if you fall back on your progress, dust yourself off and try again. 

You still have the rest of the year (and your life) ahead of you. There’s nothing wrong with extending your deadline into the following year or having no deadline at all. What’s important is that you consistently make an effort to better yourself in whatever way you can.

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