Right around this time every year, most Americans are thinking the same thing, what is my New Year’s resolution going to be this year? In the end, 2020 has been a rough year, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself when trying to meet your goals. The only kinds of resolutions you should make for 2021 are stress-free ones.
Try to focus on "Progress, not perfection" this year and pursue a few goals in small steps. Here are a few tips that will help you to stay on track in the New Year.
Make attainable goals
Manageable goals are the ones with the highest success rate. It is a lot easier to commit to a small-level change than to a complete life overhaul. Consider dividing your goals up into weekly or monthly chunks to set benchmarks for the times where you meet deadlines at work, cook meals at home, drink more water, or accomplish whatever your resolution may be.
Know that you may fail at first. That's inevitable and okay!
Sometimes, struggling to excel at keeping your resolution becomes the main reason to quit. Our goals don't have to work this way; we can acknowledge this mistake and use this to back on track.
Be motivated and committed.
Studies recommend laying out the concrete steps that you will need to happen in order to achieve the goals in which you have set for yourself. What are the things that will be different about your life, and how can you manage those behaviors?
Track your progress.
Whether you use an app, a journal, a calendar, or an accountability buddy; tracking will help you reach your goals. Start tracking sooner rather than later, so you don’t waste time and energy!
Self-care has never been more important especially during a pandemic. We are under a lot of stress and we are staying at home now more than ever which can increase certain stresses. Self-care can mean anything from making a cup of tea, to meditating, to wearing a hydrating face mask, to reading a book. Just remember to put some time aside for yourself!
I hope that these useful tips will help you accomplish all your 2021 New Year’s resolutions. Here’s to a happy, safe, and healthy New Year!!