How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions in 2019 (and Beyond)

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions in 2019 (and Beyond)

Did you know that about 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February? That’s a pretty staggering number, especially when you consider that 40 percent of Americans (a little over 13 million people) make resolutions each year.

The most popular New Year’s resolution is to save more money, with over 50% of Americans reporting that as one of their resolutions. In second place, though, is the resolution to lose weight and get in shape. About 45% of Americans have this resolution in mind as they ring in the New Year — and it’s a great one to have.

However, it’s also one of the easiest resolutions to break. Why? Because people put their focus on unattainable goals (“No meat, no carbs, no sugar, and no gluten starting January 1st!”) or they struggle to break down their resolution into actionable steps. “Get fit in 2019!” isn’t a resolution; it’s just a statement.

If you’re like the 40% of Americans who made a New Year’s resolution, we want to make sure you see it last throughout the entire year, not just until February. That’s why we’re sharing a few of our tips to help you maintain your New Year’s resolutions and focus on what really matters.

5 tips for Keeping your New Year's Resolutions

1. Make it actionable

When setting resolutions, don’t make broad statements. If you’ve got a resolution to “get fit” or “lose weight” in 2019, that’s great, but you can get more specific. What are you going to do to get fit or lose weight and how can you break that down into actionable steps? For example, you can say “I want to do yoga four days a week to improve my health,” or “I plan on exercising three times a week so I can lose 25 lbs by 2020.” From there, you can work backward to see how you can build up to your goals, rather than expecting them to happen overnight.

2. Start small

You may have a handful of resolutions you’d like to incorporate into your life this year, but having too many can be overwhelming. Instead of focusing on accomplishing many goals, take a moment to write down your specific resolutions. Then, pick the first, smallest step you can do for each of them and take that action. This momentum builds on itself with tiny wins, making you more likely to continue with your resolutions and to even turn them into habits.

3. Put it on the calendar

When you want to do things with friends or family or have an important work event, you put it into your calendar. The same should go for your New Year’s resolutions. When it comes to things like attending that krav maga class you’ve been meaning to try or shopping for the ingredients for meal prep each week, it helps to schedule it in. Schedule months in advance for your weekly yoga practice, morning runs, budget check-ins, or whatever you’ve decided is right for you. This way, you don’t build too much other stuff on top of your resolutions; space is already saved.

4. Be mindful

If you feel like you’ve chosen a resolution that seems too far-fetched, or you’re worried you’re not going to reach your goals, check in with yourself. No matter what your goal is, whether it’s to save money, quit smoking, go vegan, or start your own beginner’s yoga practice, it’s important to tune in. By being mindful, you’ll be able to see how you feel about your particular goals, understand what fears or anxieties are being triggered, and work through the hard days — instead of giving up.

Mindfulness is also a great practice to add to your resolutions, especially when you want to lose weight and get in shape. Mindfulness can come into play during your workouts, meals, and even how you approach sleep. One of the best practices you can do to be more mindful is a quick, daily yoga practice. Our 10-minute Yoga for Beginners video is a perfect way to tune into your own body after a long day at work.

5. Go easy on yourself

Not everyone will accomplish every single big goal they’ve set for themselves. People fall short of their goals all the time, but they still manage to do amazing things. So if you have resolutions to lose 50 lbs, work out every day, read 200 books, and make half a million dollars, you’re going to have a big year!

Even if you don’t hit all of those goals, although you stay committed, you’ll grow along the way. Nobody is perfect, so don’t drop the resolutions the first time you eat pizza instead of salad or go out with friends instead of going to the gym.

Give yourself some grace and adapt your New Year’s resolutions based on what feels right to you. If you’re afraid that you lack the energy to accomplish your resolutions, taking an iron supplement may help to boost your energy and stamina. Learn about NeuTerre Whole Food Iron Supplements!