New Year's Resolutions are made with all good intentions. But good intentions are just that – intentions. Resolutions are made because you want to better yourself. You want to change our habits. So, why do people make New Year's Resolutions, then break them weeks, or even days into the new year? According to a new survey from Telegraph.co.uk, fewer than one in 10 Britons kept a New Year's resolution for the whole of 2009. That's not very good odds especially for something that's supposed to change your life for the better. Why is that? Here's a list of the most popular New Year's Resolutions and some suggestions for keeping them. See how they compare with your resolutions!
Top 7 New Year's Resolutions
The long holiday season of eating started with the Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings. The month of December saw most of us eating our way through Christmas cookies, holiday parties and more turkey, ham and loads of sweets and holiday goodies. Now it's time for New Years parties and yet more feasting and stuffing our faces. This seems to be a perfect time to make a decision of this kind, and probably why Losing Weight is the #1 New Year's Resolution of 2010, or any year for that matter. See "The 7 Foods People Shouldn't Eat" for some excellent suggestions.
See the #1 resolution! After months of gorging ourselves with too many fattening foods, a diet isn't the only thing on the minds of thousands of New Year's Resolution makers. Exercise and dieting seem to go hand-in-hand and complement each other. Motivation can oftentimes be the most difficult part of exercising, and harder than doing the actual sit-ups. Start by walking around the block and getting out more. Sign up for a membership at the local gym and get your heart pumping. Join the YMCA and begin a water aerobics program. Whatever you decide on, just start something and try to stick to it.
Spend More Time with Family
This is a no-brainer, but actually harder to accomplish than you might think. With all the time constraints on today's busy family, kids and adults are stretched to the max with sports, rehearsals, music lessons, friends, homework and so much more. Just finding time to sit down at the supper table together can be a major undertaking. Every family is different, but if this is something that's important to you, you'll find the time to organize and squeeze in a little more quality time with the family.
Get Out of Debt
Most people spend way too much around the holidays. Whether it's expensive Christmas gifts, a trip to the Caribbean, or going out to eat, credit card debt is the highest around the holidays. Now is the time to reduce your debt and pay down those high interest cards. Most times this can be accomplished by setting a budget and sticking to it. If you're way in over your head, then call your local Consumer Credit Counseling Service and set up an appointment to manage and control your debt.
Quit Smoking & Quit Drinking
Another easier-said-than-done decision. And yet, most smokers and social drinkers will admit to making more than one "Quit Smoking" or "Quit Drinking" resolution before New Year's Day. Check out Smoke Free.gov for help and support and to talk to an expert.
You've all heard the saying "Stress Kills." It's a fact that stress overtaxing your body, causing all sorts of ailments from high blood pressure to anxiety and panic attacks. Sometimes stress causes people to smoke or drink even more. Make a resolution now to change your habits so that stress doesn't rule your life. Take a trip. Join a Yoga class. Make new friends and join a club. Anything that reduces stress will help in the long run.
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Written by Donna Diegel