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Don’t Let Those New Year Resolutions Get You Down

January 11, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

January 17th is popularly referred to as “the most depressing day of the year.” After all of the hype and excitement we go through during the rush of the holidays, the quiet lull that accompanies mid-January puts us in a dour mood. Add to that the list of new year resolutions that most of us probably didn’t follow through on and you’ve created one giant pile of yuck.

The good news is that sticking to your resolutions doesn’t have to be a chore. Rome wasn’t built in a day and you cannot expect to change immediately over night. Don’t make yourself crawl out of bed every morning at 6 a.m. to jog six miles starting on January 1st. Resolutions were meant to be accomplished over a year’s time, not within the first week of the new year.

Joyce Simononis MeD, LPC of Warminster suggests to use the reward system to help people follow through with their resolutions.

“Old habits are hard to break unless you have support by the important people in your life,” Simononis stated, “You really have to want to change something and follow through by having small rewards to keep you on track.”

Another tip is to try and take baby steps. A person who has been smoking cigarettes for two decades is not going to just throw out their pack and quit cold turkey. However, if they invest in smoking patches and create a network of people who will support them, then they can eventually eliminate their habit over a period of time. Start with one little step to set the ball rolling.

There is no reason to allow next Monday to upset you at all. Take things slowly and be patient with yourself. You are only human.

Stephanie Weaver (sweaver@buxmontnews.com)

Staff Writer

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