How to make a lasting 2022 New Year's resolution
5th January 2022
I am writing this in the first week of 2022, and a what a past 2 years we have all had ! This is the time of year that many people make a resolution to do or be 'something' better over the next 12 months. As working with people to change their behaviours is one of the areas I work in, I wanted to give you a few thoughts on how to ensure that you can make those resolutions work for you this year.
A 2007 study reported that 88% of new year resolutions fail, while another showed that by March 80% of people had reverted back to their old behaviours. The NHS reckons that only 1 in 10 new year resolutions will succeed.
Here are our top tips on how to make sure that your resolutions is well thought out and you have a plan in place to make it happen in 2022. There is a tried and tested way of setting out goals and making an action plan for change. Work you way through our questions below and be honest with yourself.
What does health and well-being mean to you?
If you could change one thing to improve your health and well-being, what would that be?
How important is this change to you on a scale of 1 - 10? (1 is not important, 10 is very important).
Start writing out a plan with small step SMART goals that will help you achieve your health and well-being change in 2022. SMART stands for -
- Small and Specific - think small steps, not big leaps
- Measurable - will you know if you have met them?
- Achievable - is this something you can currently change?
- Realistic - is it within your grasps/ability/gift to make this change?
- Time set - when will you do this small goal by and for how long?
Goals to make this change
Next consider how confident are you of being able to make this change or these changes on a scale of 1 - 10? (1 is not confident, 10 is highly confident). If you score low here , then consider if there are things you can instigate to increase your confidence of successful change?
Review your goals set above at a specific time period, perhaps a week or 2 weeks, assess how you've got on and then set your next small change goals.
If this has started you thinking about making a change in 2022, here a some ideas to get you started. Complied from a variety of surveys, the 10 most common New Year resolutions are -
- Spend more time on own well-being
- Quit smoking
- Drink less alcohol
- Spend more time with family or friends
- Learn a new skill or hobby
- Save more or spend less money
- Lose weight
- Exercise more
- Eat healthier
- Find another job.
A Happy Healthy 2022 from AppleTree Healthy Lifestyle Consultancy ! And good luck with those changes.
Dr Laura Stewart
5th January 2022