Every new year, many of us commit to resolutions that will improve our experience of life. And every year, without fail, those resolutions will most often go to the wayside. Research has shown that about half of all adults make New Year’s resolutions. However, fewer than 10% manage to keep them for more than a few months.
The main reason that people don’t stick to their resolutions is that they set too many or they’re unrealistic to achieve. They may also be victims of “false hope syndrome”. False hope syndrome is characterized by a person’s unrealistic expectations about the likely speed, amount, ease and consequences of changing their behavior.
The most common resolutions are: losing weight, doing more exercise, quitting smoking and saving money. Health related resolutions abound, demonstrating our desire for living and aging well. Today, addressing issues affecting our health must include discussions about the impact of electronic devices on our lives, yet they seldom do.
SO what can we do?
Be realistic. Make resolutions that you can keep and that are practical. If you want to reduce alcohol intake because you tend to drink alcohol every day, don’t immediately go cold turkey. Also, breaking up the longer-term goal into more manageable short-term goals can be beneficial and more rewarding. The same principle can be applied to exercise and living more healthily.
Do one thing at a time. One of the easiest routes to failure is to have too many resolutions. If you want to be fitter and healthier, do just commit to one. Give up drinking. Give up smoking. Join a gym. Live more healthily. But don’t do them all at once, just choose one and give it your best effort!
Be SMART. Anyone working in a job that includes setting goals will know that goals should be SMART, that is, specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound. Resolutions shouldn’t be any different. Cutting down alcohol drinking is an admirable goal, but it’s not SMART. Drinking no more than two units of alcohol every other day for one month is a SMART resolution. Connecting the resolution to a specific goal can also be motivating, for example, dropping a dress size or losing two inches off your waistline in time for the next summer holiday.
Tell someone your resolution. Letting family and friends know that you have a New Year’s resolution that you really want to keep will act as both a safety barrier and a face-saver. If you really want to cut down smoking or drinking, real friends won’t put temptation in your way and can help monitor your behavior. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and support from those around you.
Change your behavior with others. Trying to change habits on your own can be difficult. For instance, if you and your partner both smoke, drink and eat unhealthily, it may be difficult for one partner to change their behavior if the other is still engaged in the same habit. By having a common resolution, such as going on a diet, the chances of success will improve.
According to a Forbes Health/OnePoll survey conducted in October of 2023, 61.7% of respondents say they feel pressured to set a New Year’s resolution. In addition, many respondents are planning on setting multiple goals with 66.5% stating they plan on making three or more resolutions for the year ahead.
Set Intentions Instead of Resolutions
While a new year offers the chance to reflect and hit “refresh,” you may still be experiencing many of the same stressors as you did the previous year. The ongoing impact of hardship you may have faced in the previous year, along with many other compounding factors, can directly impact your ability to maintain new habits and routines. That's why it’s better to set intentions rather than resolutions.
“Some New Year’s resolutions are dead on arrival and will never really take hold. Resolutions like losing weight, living a happier life, and saving more money are likely to fail for several reasons, including but not limited to these resolutions being overwhelming, unrealistic, and too vague,” says Kerry Mitchell Brown, PhD, MBA.
The Elephant in the Room
With all this attention to resolutions and intentions related to health and wellness, there’s an elephant in the room needing to be addressed. It’s the notion that today, our medicine cabinets are in dire need of something beyond band-aids and aspirin.
We are in daily bombardment of EMF’s (electro magnetic frequencies) from the use of our large inventory of electronic devices. As discussion abounds about the potential harm to our bodies from excessive exposure to EMF’s, it’s important that part of a healthy New Year resolution would include products that protect us.
WaveBlock is pleased to offer the perfect medicine cabinet of products for your healthy 2024. From earbuds, iPhones, Samsung phones, and MacBooks to iPads, we’ve got you covered. So start this NEW YEAR off with a resolution to protect your family, friends and loved ones from the harmful effects of EMF’s. Take one device at a time, and increase the well being of your family, friends and community. That’s a resolution worth considering!
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