How to Make New Year’s Resolutions Stick

December 28, 2017
How to Make New Year’s Resolutions Stick

The secret to success is in how you build your healthy new habits.

Start by identifying your long-term priorities:

  • Write down your top priorities, such as exercising more or eating more meals at home
  • Ask yourself how these priorities will benefit you in the years to come
  • Know that you are adopting a different perspective on what is truly important to you
  • Break your priorities into small daily or weekly tasks

Focus on recent achievements:

  • Remember that everyone will have setbacks or obstacles to overcome, but these are not as important as remembering what you’ve done right
  • Start small and picture yourself reaching your goals by moving forward steadily, not all at once

Be willing to experiment:

  • Keep an open mind about what will work for you
  • If your first effort isn’t working, don’t be afraid to try a different approach

Set realistic goals:

  • Make SMART goals
    • Specific
    • Measurable
    • Attainable
    • Relevant
    • Time-limited
  • Set aside some time to reflect on your reasons for setting the goal

Track your progress:

  • Jot down daily activities in a journal. This simple task can help you identify your strengths and areas needing improvement
  • Share your goal with someone who will encourage you

If your QualChoice plan includes QCARE, we can help! Our Care Managers help members set and reach health and well-being goals. They also give support and education on issues like:

  • Stopping tobacco use
  • Improving diet
  • Handling stress
  • Increasing activities

Get started today! Call 800.235.7111 or 501.228.7111 and ask to speak to a Care Manager.