Make resolutions that you think you can keep. If, for example, your aim is to exercise more frequently, schedule three or four days a week at the gym instead of seven.
Change one behavior at a time
Unhealthy behaviors develop over the course of time. Thus, replacing unhealthy behaviors with healthy ones requires time. Don’t get overwhelmed and think that you have to reassess everything in your life.
Don’t beat yourself up
Perfection is unattainable. Remember that minor missteps when reaching your goals are completely normal and OK. Everyone has ups and downs; resolve to recover from your mistakes and get back on track.
Ask for support
If you feel overwhelmed or unable to meet your goals on your own, consider seeking professional help Professional counselors can offer strategies as to how to adjust your goals so that they are attainable, as well as help you change unhealthy behaviors and address emotional issues.
Tips for resolutions taken from: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/resolution.aspx
Written by: Shannon Schimelpfening, MA, LPC-Intern