Along with singing “Auld Lang Syne” at the start of the New Year, making resolutions is a tradition for millions of Americans. However, while choosing a resolution is easy, sticking to it can be impossible. A YMCA survey found that less than a quarter of respondents kept their resolutions. Many (71 percent) tried, but stated that they fell short of their goals, while 40 percent confessed that gave up within the first few months, even weeks, of the New Year!
This year, the Wilton Family YMCA, a branch of the Riverbrook Regional YMCA, is encouraging community members to give their New Year’s resolutions a boost by creating smaller, more manageable goals that can lead to success of a larger one.
“‘Getting healthy’ is not a goal—it’s too broad,” explains Mary Ann Genuario, the Wilton Y’s director of health and wellness. “You can reframe that broad resolution into multiple, more manageable and measurable goals. If you aren’t active at all right now, try to incorporate activity into your routine three days a week, before telling yourself that you’ll work out every single day.”
The Wilton Family YMCA also promotes the idea that reframing your goals in a positive way can help you stick to them. For example, you may want to limit your screen time in 2017, but that can be more manageable if you replace it with something positive like volunteering or setting special time aside for family.
“Try not to think about what you’re missing, but rather what you’re gaining. This can make a resolution feel more positive, and therefore more achievable,” says Genuario.
One point stressed by Genuario is that it’s important to not let yourself get discouraged by setbacks. Even though you may experience some missteps throughout the day—or even the week—that doesn’t mean you have to give up.
“Nobody got their bad habits over the course of a week, so you’re not going to change them in a week either,” she explains. Change is a process and bad days are part of that process.
Below are four tips the Wilton Family YMCA staff recommends to help 2017 New Year’s resolutions stick.
For additional tips or to learn how to get involved with the Wilton Family YMCA contact 203.762.8384 or visit the Wilton Family Y website.