The beginning of a new year triggers a "fresh start effect" in many people. This is the reason people often pack gyms on January 2nd. There's something about a new year beginning that makes you feel like you can start fresh, too. Unlike the Mondays that start a new week 52 times a year, New Year's Day doesn't come around nearly as often, which can make it seem like the perfect time to make a big change.
Although most people are lured by the excitement of making a big change, only about 8% of those who make New Year's resolutions actually keep them. Depressing as that may seem, it's worth noting that people who make resolutions are ten times more likely to successfully change their behavior than people who try to change habits without making a resolution. With that in mind, here are three inspiring resolutions to get you started.
When you spend your days helping other people achieve their dreams, it can be easy to put your own on hold. When you sit down to make your resolutions this year, consider setting goals that prioritize your self-care as well as improve the lives of your clients.
The educational landscape has changed tremendously since the onset of the pandemic. Innovators rose to the challenge of adapting and developing technologies to make distance education easier for everyone. Resolve to look into options for your clients that take advantage of the benefits of distance learning.
Online certifications like those offered by MedCerts can give your clients the skills they need to build a lasting career in the rapidly growing fields of IT and healthcare. The convenience and flexibility of online learning provide a perfect fit for nontraditional students who often have other obligations.
You don't need to run a marathon to get the benefits of exercise. Instead of setting an unrealistic goal that will set you up for failure, plan to move more and sit less. You probably spend a lot of time at your desk wading through case files, so set a timer to remind you to move every hour. During these quick breaks, do a few yoga poses, walk for a couple of minutes, or simply do some jumping jacks.
You probably know that connecting with others benefits your mental and emotional health, but maintaining personal ties improves your physical health as well. Strong social connections strengthen your immune system and can help you live longer. Set aside time every week to meet up with a friend, even if it's just a quick lunch.
Encourage your clients to build and strengthen their relationships as well. If your clients are engaged in online learning, make sure they use all of the student resources available to them. Networking and making connections while learning can benefit their mental well-being and future success.
The most important thing to keep in mind when you try to change your behavior is not to give up if you fail the first time. A new study found that smokers try to quit an average of 30 times before they succeed. No matter what resolutions you set for this year, here are some tips to help you keep them:
Start with small changes
Set realistic goals
Focus on one behavior at a time
Outline a plan for achieving your goal
Talk about your goals with your friends and family
Learn from your slipups but don't punish yourself for them
Plan ahead when you're going to be in situations that challenge your willpower
Keep track of your progress