The start of the new year is a popular time to set new goals, habits and intentions. As we say hello to 2024, Central Oregon Daily asked people in Downtown Bend if they had any New Year’s resolutions. You can see what they told us in the video above.
But will you be able to keep your resolution? Board Certified Psychiatrist Dion Metzger says one step to success is to not overshoot what you can reasonably accomplish.
“I got my new organizer. I got my treadmill. Okay. Life is going to change completely, and that’s just not reality,” Metzger said.
“So if you are a person who was not active and now you have a New Year’s resolution to run four days a week, that’s just not attainable,” Metzger said. “How about we walk two days a week?”
Other tips from Dr. Metzger for resolution success:
- Keep it simple. One goal she heard that meets this mark is fold laundry the same day you do it.
- Try focusing on just one goal instead of several. If you want to be healthier, maybe try to just focus on working out instead of working out and stopping eating fried foods.
- The buddy system. Find a friend and hold each other accountable every week. Check in with one another.
- Take it month-by-month. Metzger says February is the time most resolutions are dropped. If you can get through the shortest month of the year, you’ll be in a better spot to keep reaching those goals.