Ask the Experts: How Can I Keep My New Year's Resolution?

How Can I Keep My New Year's Resolution?

The happy feeling of success we get from achieving a New Year's resolution will most likely occur when the resolution, or goal we set, is reasonable and achievable. The resolution should be broken down into several small steps and it should be able to be changed if needed.

New Year's resolutions should not be looked upon as a "pass-fail" class.

We should set short-term goals that can be reached in less than 12 months and at many different times throughout the year. If we slip up, there's no law that says we can't adjust our goals to better fit our situation. We should also consider letting friends, peers and family in our resolutions. This can help motivate us and keep us on track.

Setting fair expectations can help lower the anxiety and bad feelings that can come from setting unreasonable goals. At the very least, we can always give ourselves credit for trying and making a good attempt with our resolutions!

Richard S. Winer, MD is a psychiatrist in private practice with North Fulton Psychiatric Care, P.C. in Roswell, Georgia.