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How to make your New Year’s resolutions stick

The festive season is over, work and normal activities have resumed. It’s all too easy to ignore that nagging feeling that you need to pay attention to your New Year’s resolutions.

We often succumb to the temptation to skip over our ambitions and pretend that we never considered going to the gym or eat more healthily. That’s why this year, we thought we’d help you boost your likelihood of achieving your goals.

We talked to Helen Rutherford, a Babylon therapist, to find out the top 5 ways to make your resolutions stick:

  1. When setting a goal, focus on why you want to achieve it. Prioritise what is important for you to focus on. For example, if you want to eat more healthily, is it so that you can lose weight? Increase your energy levels? Promote your overall wellbeing? Having a reason in mind has been proven to be more motivating in the long term.
  2. Be kind to yourself. Set achievable goals that you can fit into your life right now. If your target is too high, you risk failing, which could demotivate you. Having realistic and achievable goals makes it easier for you to succeed.
  3. Visualise yourself achieving that goal. How does it make you feel? What’s going on around you? Remember how achievement feels whenever you are tempted to reduce your efforts.
  4. Plan for success. For example, if you want to dedicate more time to an activity you enjoy, book it into your diary. It's also a good idea to talk to people who can help support you and encourage you to succeed.
  5. If you don’t manage to do everything you plan to do all the time, don’t beat yourself up. It’s OK to have an off day. We all do. It’s hard to make a change. Instead, forgive yourself and go back to your plan tomorrow. Just do your best, be flexible and kind to yourself.

Good luck for 2020!