Category: Author: Smiles4u
2017 is almost here. Have you started making your list of New Year’s resolutions?
If you answered yes, you’re not alone.
In fact, more than 50 percent of all Americans make resolutions.
That’s a lot of people resolving to change things for the better. Sounds like a great plan, doesn’t it?
Turns out, almost 90 percent of all resolutions fail – and often before the calendar even turns to February. The reason? Many of those resolutions we make set expectations that are unrealistic or too vague.
Daily habits is the place where you can have the most impact.
Research shows that it takes about eight weeks to create a new habit and ensure its success. Creating a habit can be life-changing, especially if you start small and make it easily attainable. Think of it like this:
Resolution: Quit smoking
Habit: Give up that one cigarette you have every morning with your coffee
Resolution: Eat healthier
Habit: Instead of that daily donut for breakfast, opt for a banana
Resolution: Lose weight
Habit: Take a five minute run or walk around the block every night after work
Want to make a New Year’s resolution stick?
Change isn’t easy, but here are a few important things you should consider:
Stick to one resolution. More than one resolution can be too hard for your brain to process, so pick the one thing that is most important to you.
Take baby steps. Once you choose that one resolution, break it down into the simplest task possible.
Hold yourself accountable. Write it down or tell a family member or friend about your new habit. You’ll be more apt to stick with it and succeed at doing it.
Are you ready to create new, healthy habits in the New Year? Tell us about it!
From our family to yours… we wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy “habit filled” New Year!
About Dr. Hylan
Dr. Brad Hylan has a remarkable zest for life, and is the first to admit that he loves a good adventure and is always willing to try new things. As a dentist, his mission is to make a difference in his patient’s lives, their overall health and of course… their smiles!