It’s that time of year again. New Year’s resolutions abound. The question is: Can your New Year’s resolution survive an anxiety attack?
If you’re like many people with anxiety, you look back at New Year’s resolutions with utter despair. And why wouldn’t you?
You stick with them at first — and then throw in the towel in when anxiety rears its ugly head. Yikes!
The good news is that there is a way to stick with your New Year’s resolution. Really, it all comes down to realistic thinking topped off by careful planning.
When choosing a New Year’s resolution, pick one that’s manageable. You know how much you can handle. So keep this in mind. Start simple and then work your way up.
Next, plan how you will meet your goal. For example, if you want to lose 20 pounds (a common goal), how will you do this? Maybe don’t start out with 50 pounds as this could trigger anxiety. Set small milestones along the way.
In addition, know that there will be setbacks. For those of us who suffer from anxiety, setbacks can feel fatal. But they’re not.
If you fall off the bandwagon, get right back on the next day. No matter what your New Year’s resolution, persistence is key to success.
Finally, reach out to friends for support. There’s truth behind the belief that strength comes in numbers. So utilize this tool. A cheering section is always a plus.
Start by finding a group of friends with similar goals. Set up motivational meetings. If location and schedules cause issues, set up a closed Facebook group. This is a great way to communicate on the fly.
At the end of the day, lifestyle changes take planning and dedication. Rome wasn’t built in a day; and neither were successful New Year’s resolutions. Remember this as you start your New Year.
Now it’s your turn…
What is your New Year’s resolution? And how will you accomplish your goal? What setbacks might you encounter? We’d love to hear your feedback.
Happy New Year! Here’s to a great 2017…WITH anxiety in tow.