This Month’s Focus: Healthy Habits
The first month of the year is always a good time to think about your resolutions. However, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail. Have a new goal? Start small and make it scalable. The key to building healthy habits and keeping your goals this New Year is to make them S.M.A.R.T.
By The Numbers
9-12% of people keep their New Year’s resolutions
Most Popular Resolutions:
- Exercising more
- Living healthier
- Personal improvement
- Increase happiness
- Losing weight
75% successfully keep their resolutions after one week
Make S.M.A.R.T Resolutions
It is all to common to make New Year’s resolutions that are unhealthy or not sustainable in the long run. Make it a SMART one. It should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. For example, one popular resolution goal is to get physically active or increase fitness. The smart goal would be: Taking a walk or going to the gym 5 times a week to keep up with the kids and will go before going to work. Here are some more examples:
- To improve my mental health and avoid “doom scrolling”, I am going to limit my social media use to 30 minutes daily and have a timer to keep me accountable.
- I will build an emergency fund of $1,200 by saving $100 each month for the new year and reduce takeout and more at-home meals.
Reads & Soundbites
- The High Five Habit by Mel Robbins
- Podcast – Turning Points: Navigating Mental Health
- Podcast – Planet Money, NPR