5 top tips to help you stick to your New Year’s resolutions

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2020 has begun! For many of us, the New Year symbolises a time of refreshment, a time for new opportunities, new goals and, of course, New Year’s resolutions. Although it’s very easy to make resolutions, these goals can be a little more difficult to stick to as the year goes on. We provide some tips on things you can do to help keep your New Year’s resolutions realistic and achievable!

Keep your resolutions simple and straightforward

It is a good idea to break down your New Year’s resolutions into a list of smaller, practical ideas where you will know how to get started. For instance, if one of your New Year’s resolutions is to learn how to play the piano, this could be an easy resolution to stick to because you will know the things you will need to do to get started to learn how to play the piano. To start with, you will have to buy or rent a piano or keyboard, find a piano teacher and decide on some time each week to practice.   

Similarly, it is better to have a short list of 2 or 3 realistic goals to work towards, rather than having a list of 100 things. If your list is too long it might be overwhelming and be much more difficult to get started on!

Make a plan

Resolutions will seem more achievable if you break them down into a bunch of smaller steps. If your goal is to eat more healthily in the New Year, a plan could involve a diet outline and a bunch of new recipes to try out. Your plan could also contain an exercise schedule, with specific times allocated during the week to exercise. Remember to be realistic about your goals and don’t push yourself too hard – a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

Get your friends or family involved

It’s always more enjoyable to work towards goals as part of a group – you could talk with your friends and family to see if you can come up with some shared resolutions. With a group, activities that might be a bit boring by yourself can be more fun. For instance, rather than going on a walk by yourself, it might be more fun to do it as a group! Rather than doing a ‘spring clean’ by yourself, you could organise a group garage sale to sell some of the things you no longer need. Likewise, if you aim for goals as part of a group you can encourage each other through the difficult moments and stay accountable to each other.

Keep trying!

If you slip up on your goals, don’t be disheartened – New Year’s resolutions are difficult to stick to! You only really fail if you don’t try. Also, beating yourself up or being hard on yourself won’t really help you reach your goals – just take things one day at a time, and focus on how far you’ve come.

Get support if you need it  

If you’re finding something difficult and think that you could use some assistance, remember that support is never too far away! Don’t be afraid to reach out to your network of support if you think you could use some encouragement. 

If you would like assistance with reaching your goals, remember that Mable is a network of independent support workers who could support you to work towards your goals! On Mable, there are support workers who can play music with you, accompany you to social events, or even just give some assistance around the house. Click here to read more about the types of support that are available on Mable.

Feeling inspired to start working towards some New Year’s resolutions? Post a job to find a support worker on Mable who will help you get there.