Tired of Failed Big Resolutions? Try These 5 Little Life Changes Instead by Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP

Family Health
8 months ago
Tired of Failed Big Resolutions? Try These 5 Little Life Changes Instead

New Year’s resolutions are great in theory, but usually aren’t very effective. By February, eight out of 10 people who embraced the idea of change just a few short weeks before abandon it all together. This year, try something new. Instead of making sweeping changes, focus on the little things that have a big impact. Here are five ideas I share with my patients:

  • Eat an extra fruit/veggie a day. If you eat zero, start with one. If you eat one, add another, because every little bit counts.
  • Give yourself a bedtime. Adults need sleep too, so set a bedtime and stick to it to be sure you get enough shut-eye.
  • Move more. It’s hard to fit in exercise, but moving is easy, so take the stairs, walk around the block or do a few pushups for incremental health benefits.
  • Practice moderation. Try passing on the second office donut or the third glass of wine. You can still enjoy the things you love without going overboard.
  • Give thanks. Gratitude makes people more patient and improves self-control, so practice your daily dose.

You don’t need to make drastic changes to be healthier. Sometimes it’s the simplest tweaks that make the most difference!

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Love these realistic goals!
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
YES! I have to give myself a bedtime, that's so great! And as always, more gratitude, every day. Thank you, Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP !

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