Now that January is coming to an end, you may be reflecting on how successful you have been at keeping up with your New Year’s resolutions.
If you have stayed committed to your goals, kudos to you. However, if you are struggling or have already given up on some of them, you are not alone!
When it comes to New Year’s resolutions that deal with health, sticking to them may result in a healthier, happier you.
If you are trying to develop a habit, such as brushing twice everyday or drinking more water, here is a tip:
It often takes longer than 21 days to develop a habit. Don’t be discouraged by this. While it may take a while, with perseverance, habits can be formed in time.
Psychologists often divide the process of forming habits into 6 stages:
- Precontemplation. During this stage, we have not yet considered changing our ways.
- Contemplation. During this stage, we recognize the problem, but are not yet sure of the solution.
- Preparation. During this stage, we develop a general idea of the change that we would like to make.
- Action. During this stage, we begin implementing changes in our lives to reach the goal.
- Maintenance. This stage involves the necessary actions to maintain our progress towards accomplishing our goal.
- Termination. The final stage in the process, termination involves the termination of the old behavior now that the new behavior is a habit.
If you have created a New Year’s resolution, you are likely at stage 3 right now. The goal now is to take action and work to maintain your progress until you reach your goal! Don’t be afraid of setbacks, and take your time.
We wish you the best of success accomplishing your goals in 2018!
Source: “6 Stages and 16 Tips for Developing Good Habits” by Barbara Markway, Ph. D. Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/shyness-is-nice/201406/6-stages-and-16-tips-developing-good-habits