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