Health Watch - Resolutions: Staying on Track

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The new year has just started. How are you doing on your resolutions? This week on Health Watch, we’ve got some tips for keeping your resolutions, as well as some suggestions on resolutions to make for your health.

Dr. Timothy Wolff, a psychiatrist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says one key to keeping your resolutions lies in how you make your resolutions. Most people fail in keeping their resolutions because they set unreasonable goals and then get discouraged and give up when they can’t achieve these goals. To increase your chances for success, set reasonable goals. You may also struggle with your resolutions because it’s difficult to change, especially when changing requires you to look at negative aspects of yourself. To make change easier, try associating your goals for the year with activities you enjoy. You can also make yourself accountable by sharing your goals and progress with others.

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January 2009

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