Maintain Your New Year's Resolutions! Best Tips From About.com Health

How To Make Those New Year's Goals A Reality

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Have you ever wondered why so many people set out to make healthy changes each year, but so few actually reach their goals and maintain their success long-term?  (If you've seen yourself or others set virtually the same goals each year with little lasting change, you may have wondered this at least once a year.)  Some people get tired of going back to the drawing board each year and decide that the answer is to give up on resolutions and goals entirely, and this urge is understandable.

 However, what goals would you love to see yourself reaching if you knew you could be successful?  Don't give up on your goals--give up on those poor goal-reaching habits that just sabotage your success!  Here is a collection of tips and tricks that work.  These are all some of the top articles on making and maintaining healthy changes, shared by people who have been supporting change in others for years: health experts from About.com.  Let us share our best advice, which comes from our combined experience in helping others succeed.  You can make the changes you want in your life, and next year, you can set brand-new goals for yourself!  (If you're having difficulty coming up with worthy goals and resolutions, here are some of our top recommended resolutions as well!) 

How To Set And Reach Your Goals

An important part of reaching your goals is setting the right ones.  Learn how to identify the best goals for you, set goals you can actually reach, and maintain them with minimal stress.

 Have success this year with my best tips for change in the New Year.

Learn About The Stages of Change

Change happens in specific stages, and if you know how to identify the stage where you are, you can take the specific steps toward change that can be most effective for you at this time.  About.com's expert in addictions, Elizabeth Hartney, has just the information you need to be successful here.

From compulsive shopping, drinking, or smoking, to junk food eating, she has resources to help you use what we know to change how you go about change, and stick to your goals more easily.  

Tips To Make Those Resolutions Stick

Once you set your mind and heart on specific changes you can make in your life, it can be exciting to work toward them.  Keeping the motivation going can be challenging, but there are a few adjustments you can make in your plans and your perspective to help you make it through the long haul.  Laura Dolson, About.com's low carb diets expert is someone who has plenty of experience in helping people make changes and making those changes last.  Here are her best tips for sticking to your resolutions.

Have Your New Year's Resolutions Planned?

Maintaining a realistic attitude and taking a few specific steps toward maintaining the right outlook can make all the difference in the world for your success.  Making a pros and cons list, outlining a plan, and tracking your progress can all help.

 What else helps people keep their resolutions, and how many people do? Read Amber J. Tresca, About.com's IBD expert's best tips on on keeping resolutions in 2016.

We all wish you success, health, and happiness in 2016.  When you've implemented your goals and resolutions into your life, feel free to create new goals and set new resolutions throughout the year.  These strategies for change can always help!

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