A New You in a New Year: 9 Tips on Setting Achievable Resolutions

Now that the holidays are over, a healthy lifestyle is achievable. Setting resolutions for the new year can feel overwhelming, but here are nine good places to start.

  • 1.) Reduce Stress

    1.) Reduce Stress

    Stress is a normal part of life, but one thing you can control is your responses to stress. Even something as simple as a positive attitude or knowing the limits to what you can control can help.

    "Sometimes the way you think about things can make all of the difference. Your attitude can help offset many difficult situations. When you know there are times when you’ve given all that you can to a situation, it allows you to expend energy where it can be more effective."

    Kristen Holm, PhD, Marriage and Family Therapist 

  • 2.) Eat Healthier

    2.) Eat Healthier

    Instead of focusing on trying diets to to lose weight, focus on making healthy food choices every day for long-lasting change and better health.

    “Diet, to me, is what you do every day, what you eat. But when you go on a diet, they don’t seem to last and people see it as temporarily. This really should be a whole-life diet, not a short-term solution.”

    Andrew Freeman, MD, Cardiologist and Director of Cardiovascular Prevention and Wellness

  • 3.) Exercise

    3.) Exercise

    Regular exercise remains part of a healthy lifestyle, and a successful exercise plan has goals that coordinate with your doctor’s advice.

    “If you do something you enjoy, you will be more likely to stick with it. Walking, swimming, and biking are just a few activities that can be fun and good for you. If you’re a people person, exercise with a friend or in a group setting such as an aerobics class or a walking club. If you are more inclined to exercise alone, walk by yourself (in a safe place) or use a piece of exercise equipment such as a treadmill, stationary bike or stair-stepper.”

    Kimberly Sack, MS, PT

  • 4.) Practice Mindfulness

    4.) Practice Mindfulness

    Mindfulness is a way to bring your attention to the moment, manage stress and improve health through breathing, thinking and meditation.

    “Take a few moments to focus on your breathing before getting out of bed, while you are cooking a meal, when you are waiting at a red light, while you are checking your social media or while you are reading email at work.”

    Ann Mullen, AE-C, CNS, MSN, RN, Patient Educator

  • 5.) Quit Smoking or Vaping

    5.) Quit Smoking or Vaping

    Quitting smoking is hands down one of the most important changes you can make to improve your health, and your body will start to heal itself after your last cigarette.

    “Every year, about a half a million people actually die from tobacco-related diseases and millions more will be diagnosed with a chronic disease. So, for anybody who smokes, the best thing they can do to protect their health is to quit.”

    Thomas Ylioja, MSW, PhD, Clinical Director, Smoking Cessation

  • 6.) Make a Job Change

    6.) Make a Job Change

    A new year can also be a good time to seek out better job opportunities.

    “When searching for a new career, make sure to utilize many different avenues to find out about open positions. In addition to searching online through job boards such as Indeed or Glassdoor, go directly to company web pages to research open positions and what the company culture may be like. Virtual or in-person job fairs are a great place to network with recruiters and HR professionals to advance your network and learn about new positions. Also, be sure to connect with HR professionals or hiring managers through social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) for companies you are interested in.” 

    Paige Alcorn, Talent Acquisition Specialist

  • 7.) Get Needed Sleep

    7.) Get Needed Sleep

    Getting a proper amount of sleep is vital to maintaining good physical and mental health. Avoid many of the common mistakes people do that decrease the quality of sleep.

    “Strenuous exercise and mental activities can keep you awake. Exercise daily, but at least two hours before bed. Avoid alcohol within three to four hours of bedtime. Drinks containing caffeine (coffee, tea and soda) have a long-lasting effect and should be avoided after 2 p.m.”

    Sheila Tsai, MD, Section Head of Sleep Medicine

  • 8.) Take Prescribed Medication

    8.) Take Prescribed Medication

    Managing your medications is a very important task. When you take medication as prescribed, your disease can be controlled, and developing a daily routine for taking your medications is a key part of that.

    “Pick something you do every day (i.e., waking, brushing your teeth, eating meals, bedtime) and plan your medication schedule around that activity.”

    Ann Mullen, AE-C, CNS, MSN, RN, Patient Educator

  • 9.) Connect with Friends

    9.) Connect with Friends

    Whether in need of support for your resolutions or just needing to talk to someone, staying in better touch with friends and loved ones can be beneficial to your mental and emotional health.

    “It’s helpful to share feelings and check on others. Use phone, face chat, email and other digital media to reach out when you need to talk and to check on others.”

    Kristen Holm, PhD, Marriage and Family Therapist