Making New Year’s Resolutions Stick

It’s that time of year again. You know what time, the holidays have past with the parties and get together.

Its time that people reflect on how they would like to improve themselves.

Its Resolution time.

Are you going to get in shape?  Eat healthier? Start meditation? Take care of that chronic back pain?

Its About the Future

New years is a natural time to think about the future.  That’s a wonderful aspect to New Years resolutions.  It gives us a natural moment to think about change.

But change is hard.  So it’s important to take a couple steps to make sure the new years resolutions do actually stick.

1.  It’s not a Special Occasion: Your Ready

The key to a new years resolution is not to think of it as a special occasion to make a change. You’re just ready to improve yourself, that’s it.

2. Make it small

One key way to stick with a resolution is to make it simple. Changing our habits’ isn’t easy.  Start small.  Do something reasonable.

A great change to make is trying to eat non-processed organic food.  When my family started to eat local organic food we started slowly.

We started with only dairy, moved to meats and vegetables from there.  Then we started going to the farmer’s market.  Finally after a couple of years we joined a Community Support Agriculture.

3. Make it fit in your schedule

My brother in law and I on the TA Century

Biking to work is one of the best ways to stay in shape.  We all have to commute anyway.  By getting on your bike, you’re combining getting to work with your exercise routine.  I find it to be one of the most relaxing times of the day.

If you can’t bike to work, add a walk during lunch break.  Or go the long way to pick up your coffee.  Little things add up.

You can do it!

Joseph Alban, L.Ac.
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