Yes, it’s that time of year…the time to enact the big New Year’s Resolution. Always a wonderful intention, but sometimes difficult in the implementation.
One of my guests this week was a master clinician from AspenPointe who specializes in family and youth counseling. She discussed how a New Year’s Resolution derailed can actually be more disruptive to one’s mental health than never declaring one at all. The good news is the clinician also gave some great tips as to how to achieve our goals.
It seems like common sense, but first and foremost, make your resolution reasonable and begin with small steps. If you can find success in incremental accomplishments, you’re more likely to achieve the big end goal. It’s also a good idea to be specific. It’s one thing to say, “I’m going to be less stressed.” It’s easier to break it down like, “I will take a quick walk around the block to unwind when I get home from work.” Finally, she suggested have an accountability buddy who can give an outside barometer on your progress.
So here’s my resolution…it’s not earth-shattering, but I think it will make a real impact on my family’s life: Put one load of laundry in the washing machine as I leave the house to take the kids to school. Maybe it’s just me, but laundry can become my arch nemesis. It usually becomes an all-consuming weekend battle with clean laundry piling up on various pieces of furniture disrupting household harmony. So hopefully tackling just one load a day will reduce the laundry barrage and improve my weekend stress level.
Do you have a New Year’s Resolution? I’d love to hear about it!