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Improving Mental Health and Breaking Bad Habits in the New Year

A few weeks into the new year is a great time to reassess those new year resolutions. As we settle back into the rhythm of everyday life, routine takes over.

Making a change is hard work. It is much easier to stay with the old and familiar.

You do not need a new year to make changes to improve your life. You can start at any time. There are a few factors that will help you figure out what sustainable changes look like for you.


There is a lot of peer pressure around the new year to set goals. We might feel pressure to decide what we want to do different in the coming year. However, it is important to make sure that the timing of a new resolution works for you.

When setting a goal, spend some time thinking about your why.

  • Why do you want to make this change?
  • What is motivating you? 
  • Where do you want to be in a year from now?

Making a change and remaining consistent is never easy, and if you have a strong “why,” that can help you through the toughest of moments.


Sometimes, we get a burst of inspiration, and a new goal seems attainable and well within reach. We feel energized and motivated. However, inevitably obstacles will come up. A bad night of sleep, a flat tire, a fight with your boss.

All these things may come along and make it harder to stick to our new plan. Spend some time anticipating the challenges, and how you will navigate them. Planning ahead and knowing there will be some bumps in the road can go a long way towards helping you stay on track.

Being resilient and preparing for the challenges will be helpful.


The key to any long-term change is remaining consistent. There will be days you just cannot get to the gym. There will days you will fail to hit the goal that you set. It is okay!

What will determine the eventual outcome is how well you recover from those setbacks. Will you be able to get back to it the next day, or will you allow that “off” day to pull you down?


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