One bite at a time is the way you eat an elephant. The same is true for biting off a huge New Year’s resolution like “Getting Healthier”. If you’re contemplating a change like this, don’t be too broad or too drastic. Getting healthier is not a big leap, but it’s making small, smart decisions. Take it slow. Break it down.
Are you too much of a perfectionist? Do you not attempt a healthy change if you can’t do it perfectly? This can also be referred to “Analysis Paralysis”. Dr. Wayne recently recorded a video about New Year’s Resolutions on our Facebook page and encouraged patients to make one healthy change and to plan to fall down and to fail. But, to get back up again and try again.
Instead of saying “I want to get healthier,” instead be more specific and say “I want to increase my water intake by 2 glasses per day.” Or, I want to eat 2 more servings of vegetables per day. Then, once the first small change has become a natural habit, then add another small, specific change. Then you can feel the satisfaction of achieving many small goals instead of waiting and waiting and never achieving a goal because it was insurmountable.
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