Tips on how to keep New Years resolutions

VICTORIA, Texas – Now that we have welcomed 2022, it’s time of the year to start some new years resolutions. Many people may have some in mind, but resolutions are not always so easy to keep. Dr. Susan Albers, who practices psychology at the Cleveland clinic, offers some advice.

“Each and every year, people tend to make the same exact resolution, year after year. This shows there is a gap between what we want and what we actually do. And we can use psychology to actually fill in that gap and figure out how to change our habits to make these resolutions stick,” said Dr. Susan Albers.

Dr. Susan Albers says real and lasting change happens when a person feels ready, not by picking an arbitrary date on a calendar. She recommends helpful ways on how to think about what might be standing in your way and also creating a supportive environment. Another tip is to shift your mindset from “I have to accomplish one specific goal” to setting an intention for the year. For example, you could say “I want to be more compassionate or confident.”