A week into the new year and you may already be struggling to stick to your new year’s resolutions. Or maybe it’s all been plain sailing and you’re realising that giving up smoking is a lot more manageable now that you’ve invested in vape kits.
Either way, we’re only just over a week into January, and staying the course with your resolutions can be hard work.
According to WSAW, 80 per cent of people who make a new year’s resolution will fail by February. So what can you do to make sure you’re one of the 20 per cent who succeed?
The news provider shared some advice from psychologists, who explained that if you make an external change to your appearance you’re more likely to stay the course with your resolutions. Why? The experts revealed that making a physical change, and your brain recognising this, shows that you are in control of change.
This “usually strengthens the desire to make an internal change since your brain now thinks it’s in control of change”, the website explained. It’s about showing your brain that you are capable of change and breaking those negative thought patterns that might have held you back in the past.
Meanwhile, an article for CNET suggested that the key to sticking to your resolutions is to take things slowly and focus on small, achievable tasks each day rather than some lofty goal that isn’t as clearly defined.
For instance, rather than stating that you want to be able to do ten press-ups, it’s better to start with just committing to one press-up each morning and building up from there. If you can’t do ten to start with, you’re more likely to give up.
Another thing that can make you fail when it comes to sticking to new year’s resolutions is telling your friends and family what you’re aiming for.
The news provider explained that in doing so, you get a false sense of achievement from simply having made the resolution, and this can actually diminish your motivation to put in the hard work that’s required to achieve your resolution.
So, if you’re trying to quit smoking, what’s the best approach? The answer is that different things work for different people, but if you’re really struggling commit instead to reducing how many cigarettes you smoke each day and maybe introducing e-cigarettes to help you tackle cravings.
By gradually cutting back on the amount you’re smoking, your goal will be realised through a series of small, achievable steps. It might take weeks, or it might take months, depending on how much you smoke, but eventually you’ll reach a point where you’re only vaping.
News Hub also offered a number of tips to anyone who’s worried about sticking to their new year’s resolutions. The news provider also recommended sticking to small, achievable goals, as well as looking at why you may have failed in the past if your resolution is one you’ve made before.
Approaching your resolution from a different perspective, and breaking it down into even smaller steps, could be what you need to do in order to succeed in 2019.