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Most popular New Year's resolutions in the UK - and how to achieve them

Most popular New Year's resolutions in the UK - and how to achieve them

Most popular New Year's resolutions in the UK - and how to achieve them

By Monica on 13 December, 2016

As the New Year arrives, half of all British adults will make New Year resolutions to lose weight, drink less and stop smoking. According to research, the very same people will have abandoned their goals within a matter of months.

So, how can you make resolutions that you actually keep? From setting up your resolutions to making them happen, JustAnswer has your back throughout the year. Here are a few handy tips to help you get on track..

Manage your expectations

Many people don’t stick to their resolutions as they make too many unrealistic goals that are impossible to uphold. We all want to be perfect, but trying to do too many things at once will inevitably lead to failure.

The first step is to limit your number of resolutions and break your resolutions down to manageable chunks. For example, if you are someone who wants to learn Spanish in 2017, break that goal down into a “language class once a week” or “learn ten new words every lesson.”   

That way, you’ll be making progress against a realistic goal, and rewarding yourself - rather than beating yourself up and giving up because your goal is so broad it’s almost impossible to reach.

Smarter goals

New Year resolutions should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. In other words, instead of trying to “lose weight”, you should decide to lose a few pounds within a specific time frame, by exercising and healthy eating because you have a summer holiday coming up.

Also by letting your friends and family know you’re trying to lose weight this will increase your accountability, helping you to keep on track.

Breaking the habit

Finally, remember that changing a habit is difficult. It takes approximately two months to build a new habit; breaking one can take much longer, particularly if it involves a physical addiction. 

You can help to change a habit by adding a replacement behaviour - for example, if you are giving up smoking, holding a lollipop can help keep your mind off cigarettes.

Because changing a habit is difficult, always remember to be kind to yourself. A lapse doesn’t mean that you’ve broken your resolution and now you can never keep it. You can start anew the next day - and you’ll still be working to keep your resolution.   

Welcome to 2017 - and remember that JustAnswer is here for you with specific answers to your questions, 24/7, every day of the year.