Whether it’s to lose weight, start exercising or stop smoking, not being able to keep your resolutions by February, or even late January may increase your anxiety. So, setting small and realistic goals throughout the year will help you reach your goals!

Start small
Make resolutions that you think you can keep. If, for example, your aim is to exercise more frequently, walk three or four days a week, instead of seven days at the gym. If you would like to eat healthier, try replacing dessert with something else you enjoy, like fruit or yogurt.

Change one behavior at a time
Unhealthy behaviors develop over the course of time; so, replacing those behaviors requires time. Don’t get overwhelmed and think that you have to reexamine everything in your life. Instead, work toward changing one thing at a time.

Talk about it
Share your experiences with family and friends; having someone to share your struggles and successes with makes your journey to a healthier lifestyle that much easier and less intimidating.

Don’t beat yourself up
Remember that slip-ups, when reaching your goals, are completely normal and OK. Don’t give up completely because you ate a brownie or skipped the gym for a week because you were busy. Mistakes happen and focus on getting back on track.

Celebrating your success is much more powerful — and enjoyable — than punishing yourself when you fall short.

To a great 2019!