Tips on how to Stick to your New Year’s Resolution

The holiday is not even over, and you are already contemplating letting your new year’s resolutions slip… Sticking to a new years resolution is always hard, but here’s a “High-Five” for wanting to start the new year on a great foot, setting the intention is always the first step.

Now, let work together to make it stick, here are a few tips to help with that.

Start small & be specific

Make resolutions that you think you can keep. If, for example, your aim is to exercise more frequently, schedule three or four days a week at the gym instead of seven. If you would like to eat healthier, try replacing dessert with something else you enjoy, like fruit or yoghurt, instead of seeing your diet as a form of punishment. Also, be specific, do you want to lose weight or do you want to lose 5kg’s, without a clear goal in mind, it will be very difficult to achieve it.

Change one behaviour at a time 

Unhealthy behaviours develop over the course of time. Thus, replacing unhealthy behaviours with healthy ones requires time. Don’t get overwhelmed and think that you have to reassess everything in your life. Instead, work toward changing one thing at a time, take baby steps.

Don’t be too hard on yourself

Perfection is unattainable. Remember that minor missteps when reaching your goals are completely normal and it is OK. Don’t give up completely because you ate a brownie and broke your diet, or skipped the gym for a week because you were busy. Everyone has ups and downs, just get back on track.

Talk about it & ask for support

Share your experiences with family and friends. Consider joining a support group to reach your goals, such as a workout class at your gym or a group of co-workers quitting smoking. Having someone to share your struggles and successes with makes your journey to a healthier lifestyle that much easier and less intimidating. On this note, don’t be shy to ask for support if you feel you need that extra strength in sticking to your goals.

Corne Smith Dentistry in Claremont, Cape Town believes in stress-free and gentle oral care, we believe in a holistic approach to your dental care, and our team is happy to help your new year’s resolution when it comes to your oral health.