Keeping New Year's resolutions

Published: Jan. 10, 2018 at 12:44 PM EST
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How’s that New Year’s resolution going for you? If you’re one of millions of Americans who made one, don’t give up now!

Here are some tips from the American Psychological Association on sticking with your plan for a better you:

-Start small. Don’t set up yourself up for failure by saying you’ll quit smoking in a week or lose 50 pounds in a month. Make resolutions you think you can keep.

-Change one thing at a time. We all have several areas for improvement in our lives, but changing everything is an overwhelming task.

-Talk about it. It will be helpful to share your experiences with family and friends.

-Join a support group to reach your goals. That could be a fitness class at the gym or a book club with friends.

-Don’t be hard on yourself. Nobody is perfect. You may make mistakes on your way to reaching your goals. Don’t give up but resolve to recover and get back on track.

-Ask for support. If you feel overwhelmed or unable to meet your goals alone, consider seeking professional help.

For MomsEveryday, I’m Liz Hayes.